New Program at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Promotes Proactive Approach to Fragility Fractures
07/09/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — It equates to more than all of the documented cases for heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined; and with more than 2 million taking place each year in the United States, fragility fractures continue to affect older adults at an alarming rate.

That’s why Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is one of the first health care facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopaedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program. In fact, Joseph Borrelli, M.D., the new chair for Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s orthopedic department, successfully presented the idea to hospital leadership by explaining the program’s benefits for patients.

“It’s a national web-based program that collects and analyzes pertinent information in an attempt to reduce the incidence of future fragility fractures. The program includes nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, lifestyle coaching, medicinal information and bone density testing,” said Dr. Borrelli, who is listed among U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Doctors.” “With close to one-half of all women and up to one quarter of all men suffering from fragility fractures at some point in life, these types of fractures signify the first sign of poor bone health. We want to address the problem before it becomes a recurring one.”

By definition, fragility fractures are broken bones resulting from a fall near standing height or less and are commonly associated with osteoporosis. Studies show that fragility fractures often lead to hospitalization and long periods of immobility, surgery, and physical therapy and prolonged recovery and partial ability to return to daily physical activities.

Offered to patients 50 and older, Own the Bone provides clinicians with an opportunity to educate patients on the importance of bone health and osteoporosis treatment.

“With customized patient education materials, an individual learns which activities work best for them in improving their bone health and even how to improve his or her nutrition,” said Dr. Borrelli. “Patients, as a result, become more involved with their health care; in essence, they literally ‘own the bone’ and help with the management of their bone health.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.