Treatment of Fractures
The most common fractures that people with osteoporosis suffer from are fractures to the wrist, hip and spine. All fractures will be referred to a specialist Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery team to decide upon the best management.
Often fractures of the wrist can be treated with immobilisation in a cast, but occasionally they may require surgery. Hip fractures generally require operations to give patients the best possible chance of regaining their pre-injury level of mobility and spinal fractures require input from a specialist spinal team.
The most appropriate way to manage an osteoporotic fracture will depend on a number of factors relating to the type of injury, the patients medical history and their level of function. Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeons make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.
More information on fractures in osteoporosis visit:
National Osteoporosis Society www.nos.org.uk/living-with-osteoporosis/osteoporosis-and-broken-bones