Own Your Bones – Osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures
We’re accustomed to the idea of encouraging good diets and activity in children to “grow strong bones,” but we tend to think of adult bone as a static framework that holds up our flesh.
It’s not static, and we need to take care of it to avoid fragility fractures and osteoporosis as we age.
“People don’t think of bone as a living organ, but it is,” said Dr. Animesh Agarwal, director of the orthpaedic trauma follow-up clinic at University Health System and professor of orthopaedic surgery at UT Health San Antonio.
And that living organ can grow and regenerate throughout our lives – albeit more slowly over time, and often pitted against the weakening effects of osteopenia, and then eventually, osteoporosis.