Blessing Orthopedic Services in Quincy, Ill., is offering a free bone strength screening in honor of the continuing international certification of its Break Free program to repair fractures related to osteoporosis.

Blessing Orthopedic Services in Quincy, Ill., is offering a free bone strength screening in honor of the continuing international certification of its Break Free program to repair fractures related to osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. Most commonly associated with aging, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 and older will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis.

A free heel scan test to check bone strength is offeed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Blessing Breast Center on the third floor of the Blessing Health Center East Entrance, 927 Broadway, Quincy.

The free heel scan takes only a few minutes, and no appointment is needed. To receive the heel scan, a person takes off a shoe and sock and places their foot into a small ultrasound machine. The test produced what is known as a “T-score.” A person with a low T-score is encouraged to speak with their primary healthcare provider and consider scheduling a bone density, or DEXA, test. It is a scan that measures bone mineral density in several key areas of the body, including the spine, hip and forearm, to evaluate bone health and determine the likelihood of osteoporosis or bone fractures.

Blessing’s Break Free program uses current evidence based care guidelines and processes to repair broken bones caused by the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis. Those protocols and processes include performing surgery within a specific timeframe, getting the patient out of bed and walking as soon as possible and treatment for the patient’s osteoporosis to reduce the risk for future bone breaks.

Break Free holds the highest level of certification for Geriatric Fracture Care Programs from The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) CORE Certification Program. The CORE Certification Program recognizes programs worldwide that exceed outcome benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures. Blessing is one of 21 hospitals worldwide and the only one in Illinois to hold the highest level of certification from the IGFS. Break Free was initially certified in 2015 and recertified in 2018. For more information on personal risk factors of osteoporosis, go to blessinghealth.org/treatments/bone-health.