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Osteoporosis Fracture Knowledge Study Results

Published: 2011-04-21 - Updated: 2022-04-17
Author: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Contact: aaos.org
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Osteoporosis Publications

Synopsis: Study identifies major osteoporosis knowledge gaps for some patient groups, including male, non-English speaking and unemployed. Osteoporosis is a contributing factor in as many as 1.5 million fractures each year. The risk of a serious fracture can double after a first fracture in certain high-risk groups. Additionally, many patients, particularly those who suffer hip fractures, are at high risk for premature death or loss of independence after the fracture. Osteoporosis is generally seen as an older, Caucasian women's disease, but it can affect all races, and men as well. We're also finding that many fractures for people in their 50s, not elderly at all, are actually fragility fractures sustained from minimal trauma.

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Main Digest

A fracture in a person over the age of 50 can be a sign of osteoporosis, yet some patient populations have little knowledge of the disease. According to a groundbreaking study published in a recent Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), male and non-English-speaking patients tend to have the least knowledge of osteoporosis, putting them at high risk for a subsequent fracture.

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Osteoporosis is a contributing factor in as many as 1.5 million fractures each year. The risk of a serious fracture can double after a first fracture in certain high-risk groups. Additionally, many patients, particularly those who suffer hip fractures, are at high risk for premature death or loss of independence after the fracture.

Facts From the Study

"Many people who sustain a fracture don't connect it to osteoporosis," says Angela M. Cheung, M.D., Ph.D., senior scientist at University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital Osteoporosis Program in Toronto, Ontario, and one of the authors of the study.

"A person who has a heart attack knows that there's a problem with his or her heart, but a person who fractures thinks, 'The floor was slippery' or 'I'm clumsy' and doesn't look at it as a symptom of a more serious medical condition."

This is especially true for patients in populations that usually aren't seen as high-risk for osteoporosis, Cheung says.

"Osteoporosis is generally seen as an older, Caucasian women's disease, but it can affect all races, and men as well. We're also finding that many fractures for people in their 50s not elderly at all are actually fragility fractures (a fracture that occurs from a minimal injury, such as rolling over in bed or stepping hard off a curb), sustained from minimal trauma. We need to improve patient education, so these people can be diagnosed correctly and receive appropriate treatment to prevent their next fracture. For example, previous research has shown that male patients have worse outcomes following a hip fracture; a lack of osteoporosis knowledge which we identified in our study could be a significant factor in that."

Study Details and Important Findings:

Due to the result of this study, we recommend that if someone is older than the age of 50 or has had a fragility fracture, whether a man or woman, that person should be assessed for osteoporosis. We need people to be aware of that connection between fractures and osteoporosis to make sure they get the treatment they need.

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