Our Founder and President Sharon Baker recently wrote a guest column about osteoporosis for the Rome News-Tribune. She writes:
Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Prevention month? Do you care? You might if you knew this is a condition that affects one in every two women and one in every four men over the age of 50, but has no symptoms. Guess what the first symptom is? I’ll tell you, it is a broken bone. To make matters worse, the broken bone is not because of a serious injury or fall. It can come from doing nothing to getting a hug or sneezing. This kind of break is known as a “fragility fracture,” and is a sign that bones have been significantly weakened by osteoporosis. One fracture is a big predictor of more broken bones to come. Yet after most fractures occur and are repaired, less than 20 percent of individuals get evaluated for the underlying problem of osteoporosis. You need to know that and take charge of the investigation if you have a broken bone.
This article ties into our upcoming event “The Silent T: Osteoporosis – Silence is NOT Bliss,” to be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Join us for a fun, educational day of learning about bone health from the experts. The workshop will feature experts in medicine, nursing, physical therapy and nutrition to provide practical information and local resources to help you. We will practice stretches and exercises, talk about T scores, learn how to prevent falls and fractures and enjoy a calcium-rich lunch!