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Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones making them brittle. They become so weak that a fall or mild stress to the bone can end in a fracture, most commonly in the hip, spine or wrist. About one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
The term primary prevention means prevention of an osteoporosis-related fracture. Secondary prevention is treatment after an osteoporosis-related fracture to prevent a second broken bone.
At MedStar Georgetown, we promote secondary fracture prevention (after an osteoporosis-related fracture) through our Fracture Liaison Service (FLS), a coordinated, collaborative model of care. FLS ensures that patients with fragility fractures (breaks) are evaluated, treated and educated about fracture prevention. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to establish a formal FLS program.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a fragility fracture (break) is any fall from a standing height or less that results in a broken bone. Most fragility broken bones occur in people over the age of 50, however, they can happen to younger people, too.
MedStar’s Fracture Liaison team combines the expertise of many specialists all working together. This dedicated team develops the best course of treatment for you.
Our team provides comprehensive post-fracture bone health care — including diagnosis, treatment, therapy and education for patients who have had a fragility fracture. We provide individualized assessments, labs, radiology and pharmacy services, and specialized treatment. Find a fracture liaison specialist at MedStar Georgetown.
Our FLS team of experts includes:
Our FLS coordinator (a nurse or other health professional) helps to ensure that patients with a fracture are appropriately identified and receive an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and ongoing support. The coordinator gathers patient information, helps to develop therapy plans, guides patients through the program and communicates updates to the FLS.