October 2003 AAOS Report

AAOS releases fragility fractures position statement

Fragility fractures affect one-half of women and one in four men over age 50. Patients with a prior fracture have a two- to six-fold increased risk of subsequent fractures. Clinical trials have demonstrated that treatment of patients with fragility fractures can reduce the risk of future fractures by up to 50 percent. Because orthopaedic surgeons manage most fragility fractures, they have a unique opportunity to decrease the rate of future fractures. The AAOS Board of Directors has approved a "Position Statement: Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures ". Developed by the Women's Health Issues Committee, the World Orthopaedic Osteoporosis Organization, and other related organizations, it encourages orthopaedic surgeons to take an active role in the management and referral of patients with fragility fractures.

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