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Evaluation of Bone Fragility and Fracture Prevention

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-60327-467-8_16

ABSTRACT Patients with osteoporotic fractures are much more likely to sustain ­additional fractures; therefore both appropriate treatment
and prevention of future fractures (which takes into account the method of injury) need to be addressed. These patients are
also much more likely to have underlying secondary causes for bone loss that need to be diagnosed and treated, as well as
other multiple risk ­factors that should be uncovered and modified if possible. Finally, clinical pathways that unite orthopedic
surgeons and medical specialists in osteoporosis care are necessary to target patients with osteoporotic fractures for evaluation
and treatment.

KeywordsOsteoporosis-Risk factor assessment-Bone mineral density-Fragility fracture-Calcium-Vitamin D-Bisphosphonates-Prevention

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