Osteoporosis is a silent disease until a fracture is sustained, and successful management relies on the clinician's keen awareness of risk factors and screening technology, thorough assessment of disease probability, and knowledge of the most appropriate therapeutic interventions.
This sixth edition of Fast Facts: Osteoporosis covers all of the most recent developments in the therapeutic and diagnostic arena, while maintaining the background sections that clarify the pathophysiology of osteoporosis and the homeostatic determinants of peak bone acquisition and maintenance. This succinct yet comprehensive handbook highlights:
* The significant improvements in diagnostic capability achieved through advances in imaging techniques including MRI and quantitative computed tomography
* Improvements in risk assessment through the use of the FRAX® algorithm
* The most recent results of clinical trials for new and long-term therapies
Fragility fractures, or low-impact fractures, are often the result of falls from a standing height or lower. They can happen during normal daily activities like getting out of a chair or stepping off a curb. They typically occur in the hip, spine and wrist. Even a wrist fracture can make things like preparing a meal, shopping and getting out of the car more difficult. If you’re a woman over 50, these fractures may not be the result of a clumsy act — they may be due to osteoporosis.
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Spinal fractures increase the risk of not only having another spinal fracture, but also of having other low-impact fractures. Sometimes, spinal fractures don’t have obvious symptoms and may be mistaken for something like back pain. They may also cause height loss, which can later cause kyphosis, or hunching of the back. Some people may attribute these things to aging, but the reality is that they can be caused by osteoporosis.
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Osteoporosis is most commonly a “silent” disease, because you can’t actually feel bone loss. Often, you may not realize you have osteoporosis until a strain or fall causes a bone to break. Measuring your bone mineral density, or BMD, is the best way to know if you have osteoporosis and how much you are at risk for fractures.
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Osteoporosis mostly affects women after menopause. The average age of menopause is around age 50. Thirty-five percent of postmenopausal women have osteoporosis. If you’re a woman over 50, it’s important to find out if your bones are at risk.