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Managing osteoporosis

Managing osteoporosis

This module covers:

 

●The risk factors for osteoporosis, including lifestyle and medication

●Bone formation and diagnosis

●Management, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches

●Sources of support and information

 

Download this module - this also includes the 5 minute test - here

 

Osteoporosis translates from Greek as ‘porous bones'. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the condition as a progressive systemic skeletal disease characterised by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissues with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.

 

Osteoporosis is a silent disease, often not causing any problems or symptoms until a fall and subsequent fracture. However, it can have serious effects on quality of life. For example, hip fracture causes pain and reduced mobility, with 50 per cent of patients being permanently disabled and

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