Evaluation and Treatment of Osteoporotic Fractures

Description of Study:


Osteoporosis means weak bone.  We are in the midst of an epidemic and no one seems to be noticing.  One of two Caucasian women and one of three Caucasian men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.  This includes fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist.  After someone suffers a fragility fracture, they are often, never the same.  Twenty percent of elderly after a hip fracture die in the first year after their injury.  Many continue to have pain and limp.  Many lose their independence.  Many people because of weak bone have more fractures.  The best method is to prevent these fractures by improving bone quality.  The problem is not just that they are falling; the real problem is their weak bone.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation along with many other international committees has established accepted guidelines for bone health.  Unfortunately most studies have shown that these guidelines are NOT followed.  Worldwide, only about 20% of patients after fractures get evaluation and treatment.  And so, the epidemic continues…

The study proposed here is not just a research project but a change in culture.  We plan to change how we treat patients.  These people who are our parents and our grandparents deserve to have the best care to strengthen their weakened bones.  Please donate to this important work.

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