Osteoporotic Fractures: What Orthopaedic Surgeons Can Do to Prevent the Next Fall and the Next Fracture?

Mai P. Nguyen, Nicholas P. Gannon, Anna N. Miller

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Abstract

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for geriatric patients, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Orthopaedic surgeons should take an active role in decreasing patient falls, improving patient bone health, and initiate care to prevent subsequent fracture. In this manuscript, we outline 5 areas for orthopaedic surgeons to intervene and prevent the next fall: (1) patient education; (2) modifying environment/home safety measures; (3) medical fall risk assessment; (4) bone health evaluation and optimization; and (5) physical/occupational therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S45-S47
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

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Keywords

  • fall prevention
  • fragility fracture
  • osteoporosis

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