About Loss of Bone Health
Individuals reach peak bone mass typically between the ages of 25 and 30. Your peak bone mass can determine how likely you are to develop osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone to become weak and brittle, which can put you at an increased risk of fragility fractures. The higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis and other forms of bone loss.
A fragility fracture is a broken bone that occurs when low impact or minimal stress is placed on the bone, such as from a fall from standing height or less or even a cough or sneeze, that would not normally result in a fracture. If you have healthy bones, fragility fractures should not occur.
Risks Related to Loss of Bone Health
Up to one-fourth of all men and nearly half of all women will suffer from at least one fragility fracture in their lifetime. Once you have suffered from one fragility fracture, your risk of suffering an additional fragility fracture increases by 2-4 times.
Other common risks related to loss of bone health include:
- Bone and joint pain
- Stress fractures
- Inability to participate in activities you love
- Disability or loss of independence
Treating Loss of Bone Health at UT Health Austin
Your bone health is dependent on multiple factors. If you have concerns related to your bone health due to a diagnosis of osteoporosis or if you have suffered a stress fracture or a fragility fracture, our team of specialists work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Treatment may include rehabilitation, exercise, and diet recommendations, prescribed medications, supplement guidance, and more.
Care Team Approach
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. The Musculoskeletal Institute care team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you. We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to customize a treatment plan specific to you. We are also committed to communicating and coordinating your care with your other healthcare providers to ensure that we are providing you with comprehensive, whole-person care.