November 25, 2015
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Osteoporosis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with osteoporosis?

The outlook for patients with osteoporosis depends greatly on where fractures occur. Additionally, if treatment is begun when the bone disease is detected early, the outcome is better.

Hip fractures are a particularly dangerous consequence of osteoporosis in the elderly. Approximately 20% of those who experience a hip fracture will die in the year following the fracture. Only one-third of hip-fracture patients regain their pre-fracture level of function. One-third of hip-fracture patients are discharged to a nursing home within the year after fracture.

Newer medications, medications with different methods of delivery, and research into the optimal management of osteoporosis will bring even better options for care for patients with osteoporosis in the future.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2015


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