Fracture And Osteoporosis
was often detected only after a fracture. However, only about a
third of people who have fractured their vertebrae will
recognize that they have had a fracture.
The remaining two thirds will think they have a bit of a
backache or they pulled a muscle.
Therefore, the role of GPs is crucial in looking out for
clues that may point to osteoporosis, such as back pain and loss
of height. If a patient displays such symptoms, a spine X-ray
should be recommended to determine if a spine fracture - a
strong indication of osteoporosis - is present.
Assessment of other risk factors such as menopause, lifestyle
factors, body frame (petite versus large) and family history, is
also important. Fracture is a major complication of
osteoporosis. "Around 20 per cent of patients die as consequence
of those fractures and about 50 per cent of them lose their
mobility and are incapacitated/' he noted. It also carries the
wider implications of costs that affect the family and
community. With increasing life expectancy in Asia, osteoporosis
will have a greater impact in the region.
Studies have shown that the Chinese population have the most
hip fractures because Chinese women tend to have petite body
frame with a hip geometry more prone to fractures.
As pointed out in the discussion by rheumatologist, is rather
lacking in calcium. In addition, smoking and drinking are on the
rise in women in their 20s, and this is bad news for the bones.
In fact, this is a worrying
trend as bones consolidate during those years.
Osteoporosis management is focused not just on those who are
diagnosed with the disease, but also the high-risk groups and
patients who al ready have a fracture. drug the Therapy, such as
biphosphonates, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs)
and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can be helpful to prevent
further bone loss and fractures.
Patients need to be aware of spine fracture, which are highly
predictive of osteoporosis, and are easily picked up in primary
caret. In terms of prevention the only way you can have any
impact on osteoporosis in
public health is to get kids to drink more mill.