Why Choose Ochsner for Fracture Liaison and Bone Health in Baton Rouge?
Ochsner Health has the only fracture liaison service clinic devoted to the treatment of fractures resulting from osteoporosis and the prevention of future fractures in the Baton Rouge area. We treat low bone density, osteoporosis and osteopenia. Located at Ochsner Health Center - O'Neal and Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove, the Fracture Liaison Service/Bone Health Clinic gives those suffering from osteoporosis the specialized care they need to prevent further injuries.
The Ochsner Health Fracture Liaison Service/ Bone Health Clinic in Baton Rouge was created to address an issue that is often overlooked and undertreated. Fractures due to osteoporosis are common. One in every two women and one in every four men will experience fractures due to osteoporosis. If we can identify and treat these patients, we can help reduce the risk of future fractures and help patients maintain independence and quality of life. We see patients over the age of 50 with any fracture history or patients who feel they need a bone health evaluation. Through history, lab work and imaging we evaluate a patient’s risk of fracture. We determine what kind of plan is needed to reduce their risk of future fractures and improve their overall bone health and strength.
Ochsner Health stays on top of current developments in osteoporosis therapy.
Coordination of Care
At Ochsner Health, we strive to make serving our patients as seamless as possible. We coordinate care with other Ochsner Health departments and providers to make sure all patient needs are addressed. Our therapy and wellness department has a balance and gait training program geared toward fall prevention, which is a resource offered to all of our osteoporosis patients.
Ochsner makes it easy to coordinate lab work, scans and treatments needed with everything located in the same place. Patients can access electronic medical records via MyOchsner.
Keeping Ahead of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis fractures are common and serious, but they are also treatable and preventable. It’s important to get screened and evaluate your bone health early. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about their bone health. 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density. 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Unfortunately, nearly 80% of older Americans who have broken bones are not tested or treated for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is called “the silent disease.” There are no symptoms of osteoporosis. Until you fracture a bone, osteoporosis is painless. You don’t know you have osteoporosis unless you break a bone or you get screened for it and it is detected early. Hip fractures are the most common osteoporosis fracture. Also, 24% of hip fracture patients over 50 years old die in the year following hip fracture, and 25% end up in nursing homes while 50% never regain previous function.
At least half of osteoporosis related repeat fractures can be prevented with appropriate treatment. If you’ve had a fracture as a result of osteoporosis, there are steps you can take to help prevent a second subsequent fracture.
Schedule An Appointment
Patients scheduling their own appointments should go to my.ochsner.org or call 225-761-5200. Our clinic navigator will make sure you see the person you need to see and help expedite your appointment.
Ochsner accepts most major insurances. View insurances accepted at Ochsner.
Meet The Team
Our goal is to give you the tools you need to stay healthy and independent. The team at the Fracture Liaison Service/Bone Health Clinic offers advanced, proactive treatments to help you get in front of osteoporosis. This service is led by Fracture Liaison Specialist Angela Roy, PA-C, a certified practitioner with a background in orthopedics and rheumatology. She is passionate about serving patients who have bone health issues.
Learn more about our Fracture Liaison Specialist, Angela Roy, PA-C.
We have a fully integrated medical care team that consists of fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians and advanced practice providers who are pros in bone health.
You’ll be treated in a cutting-edge facility by a strong, multi-disciplinary team, including licensed practical nurses, medical assistants and the Ochsner infusion team.
Rounding out the team are nutritionists and physical therapists who also provide specialized care for patients with osteoporosis, and you will be treated by a fracture liaison service coordinator who specializes is in fracture care as well as adult hip and knee reconstruction.
What is Osteoporosis?
With osteoporosis (which means “porous bones”), the mesh-like structure inside your bones becomes thin and weak. When a bone with osteoporosis is broken, it is called a fragility fracture, a low-energy fracture or a pathological fracture. Wrist fractures, hip fractures and spine fractures are the most common.
Factors affecting osteoporosis include:
- Increased age
- Race (people of Caucasian or Asian descent are at higher risk)
- Gender (women are at greater risk than men)
- Family history
- An inactive lifestyle
- A diet low in calcium and vitamin D
- A small frame size
- A reduction in sex hormones (estrogen in women and testosterone in men)
- Eating disorders
- Certain medical conditions (Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
Many people who sustain a fragility fracture are not appropriately diagnosed and treated. Sometimes fragility fractures go unnoticed – even by patients themselves. Loss of height can sometimes be a good indication that a fracture has occurred, but there are more scientific ways to diagnosis osteoporosis.
During your first visit, we will review your medical history, the history of your recent fracture, evaluate your risks for another fracture and discuss treatment options. To understand your current bone health, you will receive a limited physical exam with emphasis on bone quality and strength. In the days that follow, you may have laboratory tests, x-rays and a bone density scan.
The bone density scan is a non-invasive and painless 15-minute procedure used to diagnose osteoporosis and the severity of bone loss. You will be fully clothed during this low-radiation scan and no needles or instruments will be placed through your skin or body. You should also know that this procedure uses very little radiation.
A Fracture-Free Future
The best defense is offense. From what shoes to wear to how to make your home safer, our team will give you a list of safety tips to prevent falls indoors as well as outdoors. Your family members will also find out what steps they can take to keep you on your feet.
Patients with osteoporosis may receive antiresorptive medications that slow bone loss and anabolic drugs that increase the rate of bone formation. Our team will help you determine which medications are right for you.
Diet and Nutrition
Nutrition and osteoporosis are closely linked. Two key nutrients in preventing osteoporosis are calcium and vitamin D. Did you know that about 41% of people are vitamin D deficient? We’ll determine if you are one of them and if supplements are required.
Inactivity is one of the factors that puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis. Our physical therapists are specially trained in working with patients who have had fractures and are at risk of another one. They will introduce you to safe core strengthening and balance exercises that will help you gain strength and stay on your feet.
For Referring Physicians
If you have a patient who has sustained a fracture as a result of osteoporosis, don’t just treat this fracture – prevent the next. One of the best things you can do for them is refer them to the Fracture Liaison Service/Bone Health Clinic.
To initiate a hospital transfer 24/7, contact the Regional Referral Center at (855) OHS-LINK (647-5465).
For fast track appointment access to any Ochsner clinic, contact the Ochsner Clinic Concierge, our dedicated physician referral line, at (855) 312-4190.
Internal Ochsner Provider Referrals
To place a referral, please follow the below process:
• Place a referral in Epic
• Select Ambulatory Referral to Bone Health Clinic
• The Rheumatology Staff will contact the patient within 24-48 hours.
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