Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center designated “Star Performer” by the American Orthopaedic Association

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center designated “Star Performer” by the American Orthopaedic Association

Posted on 11/8/2017

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center, a Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group medical practice, has received an Own the Bone® Star Performer designation, an achievement reserved only for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care.

Own the Bone® Star performers must achieve a 75 percent compliance rate with at least five of the 10 Own the Bone® prevention measures, including:

  • Educating patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D
  • Physical activity
  • Falls prevention
  • Limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking
  • Recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing
  • Discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable)
  • Providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations

Through participation in Own the Bone and recognition as an Own the Bone® Star performer, Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center has demonstrated a commitment to helping patients understand their risk for future fractures and the steps they can take to prevent them.

“I am proud of our establishment of a fracture prevention program at Palmetto Health,” said Thomas Jones, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center. “Being nationally recognized reflects everyone’s hard work in building the program into something that is truly making an impact on the bone health of patients in our community.”

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center wants to give the following tips to the community to protect their bones, including:

  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, through diet or supplements, if necessary.
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise.
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to two to three drinks per day.
  • Talk to your health care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis might be the cause of a broken bone over age 50.
  • Learn additional steps you might need to take to prevent future fractures.

For more information about Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center, visit phuscmg.org/orthopedics or call 803-907-0350.