Bone clinic now open

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or cough can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis itself does not cause any pain, and because of that it is often underrecognized and undertreated.

Now, thanks to collaboration between Orthopedics and Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is looking to change that with its newly opened Bone Health Clinic.

“Every year, there are 1.5 million bone fractures in the United States due to osteoporosis,” said Sumit Bhagra,  endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin. “After the first osteoporosis-related bone-fracture, you are five times likely to have another bone fracture. The Bone Health Clinic is a unique and innovative collaboration. Very few organizations offer preventive services for osteoporosis under the guidance of both medical and surgical specialists.”

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Bhagra recommended patients talk with their primary care provider about osteoporosis if they went through early menopause, took corticosteroids for several months at a time or either parent had hip fractures. Bone Health Clinic appointments are by referral only; patients should speak with their primary care provider for more information.