Dr. Douglas Haynes has spent over 30 years treating broken bones. Now the local orthopaedic surgeon is working to prevent them.
Dr. Haynes of McMinnville Orthopaedic Clinic is working to educate the public about the dangers of osteoporosis, a disease that affects over 10 million Americans.
Dr. Haynes points to statistics that show 1-in-2 women and 1-in-5 men will suffer an osteoporosis-related bone fracture in their lifetime.
“It’s an awful disease,” said Dr. Haynes, noting osteoporosis attacks and weakens the bones. “But there are newer ways and better ways to treat osteoporosis. There used to be just one medicine. Now there are new tools and new methods which can be used.”
Dr. Haynes has recently returned from a week-long trip where he accompanied Cornell University surgeon Dr. Joe Layne on his daily rounds. Dr. Layne is viewed as one of the national leaders in the treatment of osteoporosis.
“It was a tremendous educational experience,” said Dr. Haynes. “I went with him into surgery and got to see everything he is doing to treat patients. It was also exhausting. We were going from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.”
Dr. Haynes recommends bone density screenings for all women 65 or older and all men 70 or older. He has a bone densitometer at his office and says several other area physicians also have one.
The bone density screening can serve to catch osteoporosis at an early stage in order to start providing treatment. As a general rule of thumb, Dr. Haynes says eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a great start, along with taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.
He also says regular physical activity is recommended to keep bones and muscles strong, thereby reducing the damage in the event of a fall.
Dr. Haynes says it’s important to prevent osteoporosis from advancing, if possible, because a hip fracture can be a potentially deadly event. He points to statistics that show the one-year mortality rate after a hip fracture has been measured as low as 8 percent and as high as 36 percent.
Osteoporosis-related injuries result in $17 billion worth of medical costs each year, Dr. Haynes says.
For more information about preventing this disease, McMinnville Orthopaedic Clinic can be reached at 473-9624. The office is located at 207 Oak Park.