December 1998 AAOS Report

Osteoporosis guidelines released

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) released for the first time recommendations for managing and preventing osteoporosis, including specific guidelines on the use of bone mineral density tests. The Physician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis was developed by NOF in collaboration with the Academy and nine other medical societies. The new guidelines recommend that all women 65 years of age or older should have their bone mineral density tested in an effort to prevent osteoporosis. It also recommends that a woman of any age who is past menopause and has had a fracture or who has one or more risk factors for osteoporosis should be tested. "The guidelines are not a 'rigid prescription' but rather a reference point for physicians making decisions with individual patients," said C. Conrad Johnston Jr., MD, chairman of the Physician's Guide Development Committee. Academy members will be sent the guidelines in December. To order multiple copies of the guidelines, information is available on the NOF web site at or by contacting (800) 400-1079.

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