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Osteoporosis Treatment Improves Results of Hip Fracture Treatment

Having a hip fracture should signal your doctor to manage your osteoporosis.

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Updated March 24, 2013

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes weakening of the bones in your body. Also called "brittle bone disease," osteoporosis increases your chance of sustaining a broken bone. The most feared injury that can occur as a result of osteoporosis is a broken hip.

A 2008 study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery has found that treatment of osteoporosis after a hip fracture seldom occurs. In fact, the study found that less than 30% of patients received care of their osteoporosis after a hip fracture, despite the osteoporosis being the primary cause of the injury.

It is well understood that the most significant predictor of future fractures due to osteoporosis is a previous broken bone. All patients who sustain a broken hip should have the degree of their osteoporosis assessed to determine if they should be treated for weak bone. Hopefully with better treatment of osteoporosis, future injuries can be prevented.

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Treating Osteoporosis After Hip Fracture 04 Nov 2008.

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