What's Gone Wrong with Osteoporosis?
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Clinicians and other healthcare professionals must recognize areas of improvement when managing and treating an older patient with a fracture. Rather than just “treating the bone,” clinicians must know how to manage osteoporosis as a dysmobility syndrome. They must know how to utilize a syndrome‐based approach to treatment, mimicking what is currently used for “osteoporosis” today, i.e., exercise, measures to reduce falls risk, and nutritional optimization/repletion, complemented by use of medications to improve bone mass and strength in order to reduce future fracture risk and improve post-fracture care.
A crisis in the treatment of osteoporosis exists. Individuals who sustain fracture many times do not receive treatment to reduce future fracture risk. This activity will focus on “what’s gone wrong,” including documentation that something is ‘wrong’, poor communication/interaction between osteoporosis providers and orthopedic surgeons, overemphasis on osteoporosis and BMD and not on fracture, emphasis on drug prescriptions, and the lack of consensus and simplicity in the treatment of osteoporosis.
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