Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because many people do not realize they have it until they fracture (break) a bone. Once the disease has been diagnosed, there are significant physical, emotional and financial consequences.
Breaking a bone as the result of osteoporosis is preventable. MedStar Georgetown’s Fracture Liaison Service is a proven, effective way to both improve patient outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.
Although osteoporosis can affect people of all ages, the problem of osteoporosis has reached epidemic proportions with our rapidly aging population. As baby boomers enter retirement age, preventing osteoporosis is more important than ever.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
- One of every two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture (broken bone) in their lifetime.
- Twenty-four percent of patients who suffer a hip fracture die in the first year.
- The number of hip fractures (breaks) in the United States—300,000 a year—could double or triple by 2040.
- Research shows that the death rate due to osteoporosis-related broken bones is greater than the rates for breast cancer and cervical cancer combined.
Osteoporosis-related fractures may lead to reduced quality of life, disability and sometimes death. In addition, the financial costs of osteoporosis and its associated fractures are massive.
Osteoporotic bone fractures result in:
- Considerable pain
- Lost workdays and disability
- Increased health care costs
- Increased need for long-term rehabilitation and nursing care
According to the American Journal of Managed Care, by 2025, annual direct costs from osteoporosis are expected to reach approximately $25.3 billion. However, with proper screening and evaluation, effective treatment before fractures occur can not only reduce fractures, but also improve quality of life and control osteoporosis-related costs.
Learn how our Fracture Liaison Service helps reduce secondary fractures.