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Fracture Liaison Service


Osteoporosis

Normal Bone Photo of a normal bone

Osteoporotic Bone Photo of an osteoporotic bone

Bone images courtesy of David W. Dempster, PhD © 2001. Reproduced with permission.

Fracture Liaison Service

Michigan Orthopedic Center now offers Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) through a specialized clinic provided by a highly trained Fracture Liaison Clinician. If you have had a fracture over the age of 50, are concerned about osteoporosis, or your physician feels you will benefit from a bone health evaluation, the FLS clinic may be the right option for you.

Services provided by the FLS Clinician

  • Review medical history, labs, and/or bone density studies
  • Provide initial and follow-up treatment
  • Educate on proper bone health, osteoporosis and fragility fractures
  • Evaluate risks of future fractures
  • Identify potential lifestyle risk factors
  • Discuss prevention options
  • Review and possibly prescribe medications to sustain or develop stronger bones

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 muchbone 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

If you are concerned about yours or a loved one’s bone health and potential for future fractures, call our office for more information.