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Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates
Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates

Healthy Bones Center

More than 54 million Americans have either osteoporosis or low bone density. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Yet only two in 10 bone breaks obtain a follow-up test or treatment for osteoporosis. Additional statistics highlight the prevalence and seriousness of osteoporosis:

  • 2 million bone breaks occur annually due to osteoporosis
  • Every year, nearly 300,000 people break their hip: 25% end up in nursing homes, 50% never regain previous function, and 25% die within the first year after breaking their hip
  • 50% of osteoporosis-related repeat bone breaks in older adults can be prevented with appropriate treatment
  • Most people who have hip fractures had a previous break
The Healthy Bones Center opened on August 5, 2014, with the goal of educating patients about bone health, as well as the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The Center provides full exams and bloodwork to create a complete plan of care for patients.

In addition to the experienced physicians on staff, the Center’s Physician Assistant and Doctor of Chiropractic is one of the most qualified in the state.  Mindy Ewert, PA-C conducts all aspects of patient care, including examinations and development of treatment and follow up plans for new and established patients. Trained at Wichita State University, Ewert brings a higher level of patient care and extensive orthopedic knowledge to the Healthy Bones Center at Tulsa Bone and Joint.

Ewert explains the goal behind the Healthy Bones Center opening:

“Because osteoporosis is most often diagnosed only after you have suffered a broken bone, the Tulsa Bone & Joint Healthy Bones Center focuses on fracture prevention. The goal is to identify and treat osteoporosis in our patients, thereby decreasing the chance someone may break a bone from a future ground level fall.

This is accomplished through screening and evaluation of individuals who may have risk factors but have not yet had a fracture. We also have a system in place to identify, evaluate, and treat individuals within our practice who have a history of a fracture from a ground level fall.”

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become extremely porous, brittle, and fragile due to loss of tissue caused by hormonal changes, calcium deficiency, or vitamin D deficiency. Bones can become weak and may break easily. In the spine, osteoporosis is the most common cause of vertebral compression fractures.

Because there are no symptoms, osteoporosis is also a silent disease. Sometimes the first sign is a broken bone, and by that time significant bone mass has already occurred.

However, if bone loss is detected early, our orthopedic doctors and rheumatologists have many tools that can help you control the disease and possibly prevent it altogether.

The staff at the Healthy Bones Center can help identify risk factors and create a customized plan to help lower the risk and focus on prevention. Women older than 50 are the most at risk for osteoporosis. Some risk factors that can be controlled include:

  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Medications
  • Low body weight

The only way to diagnose osteoporosis is through bone density testing, and Tulsa Bone & Joint has a full table DEXA bone scan available. If you have risk factors for osteoporosis and your physician recommends a bone scan, most insurance companies will cover bone density testing.

Call Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates today at (918) 392-1400 to request a complete osteoporosis screening at our convenient Tulsa office, or submit an online request form and one of our friendly staff will contact you shortly. 

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