Osteoporosis often remains undiagnosed until the patient turns up with a fracture. German researchers have developed a medical history questionnaire that they say can accurately predict which patients have osteoporosis.
The level of osteoporosis knowledge is low among patients with fractures in spite of a high volume of available information.
Regional cancellous bone mineral density (BMD) can be approximated from Hounsfield units (HU) measured on CT examinations using automatic exposure control; this information is reliable and follows a predictable pattern with increasing age.
Close to 70% of women who responded thought that the disease can be prevented, but only 50% recognized exercise as a method of osteoporosis prevention.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones lose their content of minerals, particularly calcium. When this occurs, the bones become weakened an prone to fracture. Common sites of fracture include the spine, hip, ribs, and wrist.
The incidence of ankle fractures in the older patient population is rising. These fractures are characterized as fragility fractures associated with osteoporosis, but propensity for falls, increased weight, and polypharmacy may be bigger risk factors than poor bone quality.
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Generalized bone mineral density (BMD) may be used as a predictor of subsequent radiographic damage in African Americans who have recent-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Martial arts fall training may reduce the risk of hip fractures in persons with osteoporosis. Training is safe if they wear hip protectors that could attenuate the maximum hip impact force by at least 65%, perform the fall exercises on a thick mattress, and avoid
forward fall exercises from a standing position.
Women with osteoporosis who previously had fractures experience a significant reduction in health-related quality of life similar to or worse than that experienced by patients with diabetes mellitus