Although an estimated 44 million Americans are impacted by osteoporosis or low bone density, most will go undiagnosed and untreated. The disease, which is so often overlooked, leads to fragility fractures.
Fragility fractures can be debilitating for the elderly and sometimes even deadly. Nearly 25 percent of patients who suffer a hip fracture die within one year. Most of these patients probably had experienced a more minor fracture previously due to osteoporosis, but the underlying disease went undiagnosed and untreated. In fact, 80% of Medicare patients do not receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fragility fracture.
The American Orthopaedic Association developed Own the Bone as a quality improvement program to address the osteoporosis treatment gap and prevent subsequent fragility fractures. Memorial Medical Center is proud to participate in this clinically-proven, web-based patient registry.