ALBERT LEA, Minn. — 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 under recognized and under-treated.
Now, thanks to collaboration between Orthopedics and Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic Health System – 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,” says Sumit Bhagra, M.D., endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic Health System – 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.”
Dr. Bhagra recommends 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.