Osteoporosis is a silent disease that has no signs or symptoms. The good news is...osteoporosis is something that can be managed once diagnosed and better yet - prevented if steps are taken early. One in two women and one in four men will have a fracture due to osteoporosis. Grant Regional Health Center proudly introduces a new, one-of-a-kind program in Southwest Wisconsin, offering patients a comprehensive way to treat these conditions. Our experts can help patients build bone strength, reduce bone loss and prevent future fractures.
Many people are not aware of the connection between fractures and osteoporosis. If you are age 50 and over, it is possible that your fracture is related to osteoporosis sometimes called "brittle bone". Osteoporosis - also known as porous bone, bone that is full of holes, is a disease characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones more likely to break. Fortunately there is a lot you can do to prevent fractures. It's a matter of taking advantage of proper diet, exercise, medications and other resources available to you right now. It's also important to consult your primary care provider and be referred to our fracture care liaison, Nate Stocco, PA-C for a bone health evaluation.
How will a bone health evaluation benefit me?
- Reduces your risk of having another fracture.
- Improves quality of life and outcomes after a fracture.
- Helps you to maintain your independence and ability to continue doing the activities you enjoy.
Meet Nate Stocco, PA-C
Nate Stocco, Physician Assistant-Certified, has 10 years of healthcare experience and has joined Dr. Brad Binsfeld to offer care specific to bone and joint health. When you meet with Nate, together you will discuss the following and determine the best direction to improve your future bone health.
- Discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam to evaluate risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures.
- Coordinate lab and radiology services to assess your bone health.
- When indicated, he may prescribe medication to strengthen your bones and help decrease your risk of fracture.
- Educate you about your disease, and teach you about exercise and fall prevention.
- If you have sustained a fragility fracture, he can coordinate your care to reduce your future fracture risk and prevent secondary fractures.
You are at risk of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Have a history of a bone fracture.
- Have a history of certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Use certain prescribed medicines, for example, extended use of steroids such as prednisone.
- Use tobacco products.
- Drink alcohol.
- Have a family history of osteoporosis.
- Do not exercise.
Consider making an appointment if you are:
- Over the age of 50 and have fractured a bone.
- A woman who is 65 years old or older and who has never fractured a bone.
- A man who is 70 years old or older and who has never fractured a bone.
- 50 years old or younger and have had multiple fractures.
- 50 years old or younger and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
This program aims to bring attention to the serious health implications of fragility fractures and the multi-faceted approach our clinic can incorporate so our patients receive the most comprehensive care to ensure quality of life well into the future. Contact Grant Regional Community Clinic to schedule your appointment today by calling 608.723.2131.