Fracture Prevention Service The Fracture Prevention Service at Mission Health exists for the sole purpose of monitoring the specifics of individual cases and providing preventive education to those who are at high risk for suffering low energy fragility fractures after the age of 50. The Fracture Prevention Service can help you if you are: 50 years of age or older Have a history of low energy fragility fractures Have a history of medical conditions affecting bone health, such as Osteoporosis. How can we help you? Respond to your first fracture and help prevent a second Provide early interventions to improve your quality of life and outcomes Work with acute care, urgent care, and other health care providers to offer secondary fracture prevention and screening Schedule an Appointment The Fracture Prevention Service is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. To schedule an appointment, speak with a nurse, or learn more about how the Fracture Prevention Service can help you, call 828-213-1994. What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the mesh-like structure inside the bone becomes damaged. It literally means “porous bones.” The bone structure may be thin if either too much bone tissue has been lost or if not enough bone tissue has been made. When the internal strands of the bone become too thin (lose density), the bones become weak and can fracture or break easily. When a bone with osteoporosis is broken, it is called a “fragility fracture.” Though fragility fractures can occur anywhere in the body, the most common occurrences are: Wrist fractures Hip fractures Spine fractures The following can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis: Age: The older you get, the greater the risk. Race: If you are white or of Asian descent Gender: One out of two women and one out of four men are likely to develop osteoporosis. Family history: If someone in your family has had osteoporosis or a hip fracture Lifestyle: Inactive lifestyle. Diet: A diet low in calcium and vitamin D Frame size: The smaller your frame, the greater your risk. Certain medical conditions: Having type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease Sex hormones: A reduction of hormones. In women, estrogen loss occurs primarily during and after menopause; in men, testosterone loss occurs gradually. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D becomes particularly important during these years. Smoking: Recent studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. In addition, most studies on the effects of smoking suggest that smoking increases the risk of having a fracture. Not all studies support these findings, but the evidence is mounting. Eating disorders: Anorexia or bulimia Meet the Team Adam Kaufman, MD, is a fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic trauma surgeon specializing in osteoporosis, bone health and fracture prevention. As the initiator and supervising physician of the Fracture Prevention Clinic, he remains dedicated to all treatment and prevention of fragility fractures and overall bone health.