n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Osteoporotic fractures : more about... orthopaedics

Volume 26, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



As the world's population ages, the incidence of osteoporotic fractures is increasing, even in Third-World countries. Management is problematic because nonoperative treatment (especially of lower-limb fractures) has a high morbidity, while surgical reconstruction is made difficult by poor bone quality and slow healing. Fortunately some recent techniques have improved our ability to manage osteoporotic fractures, but the most significant problem remains - failing to recognise the fracture as a signal to treat the underlying cause, i.e. osteoporosis.

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