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Fracture?... Think Osteoporosis Program

The Fracture?, think Osteoporosis Program, is for people with osteoporosis who have had a broken bone or are at risk for breaking one.

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones gradually become thinner to the point where they become brittle and break more easily. A fracture is a broken bone. Fractures of the hip, wrist or back (vertebra) are the most common fractures associated with osteoporosis.

A fragility fracture is a broken bone that comes from falling from a distance of your height or less. If you have had this type of fracture you may be at risk for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can affect 1 in 4 women over the age of 50 and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50. Most people do not realize that they even have it.

Fracture Clinics

Fracture Alert Handout

If you are over 50 and come to the Fracture Clinic with a fragility fracture you will receive a "Fracture Alert" handout.

This form is to remind you to call you family doctor for an appointment. Your family doctor also receives a similar form.

All patients receive a follow-up phone call 6 to 8 weeks after their Fracture Clinic visit. Patients are asked about:

  • A follow-up appointment with their family doctor
  • A bone-density test
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Lifetstyle changes
  • Any treatment for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Clinic

This clinic is for people that have had a fragility fracture or are at high risk for a fracture. The clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Wilcox building at Chedoke Hospital.

When you come to the clinic you will be seen by a doctor and nurse, who are specialists in the care of the elderly and osteoporosis.

They will exam you and talk with you about how to prevent future fractures. They will talk with you about:

  • Nutrition and taking supplements
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Community support services
  • Follow-up care

Hospital patients

If you are in the hospital, you may be referred to The Fracture?, think Osteoporosis Program before you go home. Many of our patients in the hospital have broken a hip. The program specialists provide care and education on: osteoporosis, falls, nutrition and supplements, exercise and follow-up care.

Referral

Your family doctor may treat you or he/she may refer you to the Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Clinic.

News and events-links as needed

Education-Link to: www.osteoporosis.ca

www.ywcahamilton.org

Frequently asked questions:

How many Canadians does osteoporosis affect each year?

Osteoporosis affects 1.4 million Canadians a year.

What are the major risk factors for breaking a bone from osteoporosis?

Major risk factors include:

  • Low bone density
  • Family history of a broken bone from osteoporosis
  • Getting older - The risk of a broken bone increases with age
  • Long term use of steroids
  • A previous fragility fracture

Where can I get more information about Calcium and Vitamin D?

Check out the osteoporosis Canada website: www.osteoporosis.ca

For more information you may contact us at:

905-521-2100, Extension 77248

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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