Ballard Receives National Osteoporosis Certification
TUPELO, Miss.-Amy Ballard, MPAS, PA-C, recently received certification as a fragility fracture liaison from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Ballard recently implemented the NMMC Fragility Fracture Clinic as part of the NMMC Orthopaedic Trauma Program. Ballard has worked with the Orthopaedic Trauma Program for two years alongside with Dr. Karl Van Osten, Dr. Bill Rice and Dr. Matthew Frank.
Ballard is a 2002 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. She has served as president of the Mississippi Association of Physician Assistants, various leadership roles at NMMC, and currently serves as clinical liaison with the Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program. Prior to joining the Orthopaedic Trauma Program she worked in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery for 12 years.
The Orthopaedic Trauma Program is the regional referral center for simple and complex fracture care. Several injuries the program treats are low energy trauma fractures. Many of these are fragility fractures which are fractures that are caused by a fall from standing height or less. The Fragility Fracture Clinic was developed to provide comprehensive fracture care for the patients served. Ballard works with physicians to ensure patients get the right medical treatment and follow up to reduce the risk of secondary fragility fractures.
The Orthopaedic Trauma Program accepts referrals for simple and complex fracture care. Ballard accepts referrals for patients who are over 50 with a fragility fracture, have poor bone quality found during surgery, or long-term steroid use. As a certified fragility fracture liaison, she will ensure all patients presenting with fragility fractures receive fracture risk assessment and treatment to reduce the risk of subsequent fractures.