Osteoporosis is the most common skeletal disorder of the elderly. This crippling disease causes 1.5 million fractures each year, with annual costs to the United States health care system of $10 billion. Osteoporotic fractures cause pain, disability, and, in some cases, death. Early diagnosis of osteoporosis is possible with accurate and non-invasive measurements of bone density, targeting those at greatest risk of developing osteoporotic fractures. Treatment with calcium, estrogen, calcitonin, or a bisphosphonate stabilizes bone density in the elderly and may reduce the risk of fractures. This article reviews the current strategies for evaluation, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Pharmacology (medical)