Surgical or nonsurgical treatment of osteoporotic fractures

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Abstract

The worldwide population of the elderly is steadily increasing, and even more so in Korea, thus causing an increase in the osteoporotic fracture prevalence. Osteoporotic fracture is a serious injury that can decrease quality of life, and can also produce major social problems when it causes mortality. Preventing such fractures from happening in the first place is of utmost importance but once a fracture does occur, it is important to select appropriate treatment modalities to prevent secondary fractures. Recently, with the increase of life expectancy, it has become favorable to perform surgical fixation for significantly displaced osteoporotic fractures and use early rehabilitation programs to return the patient to normal body performance as soon as possible. To do so, it is important to accurately assess the location and the degree of the fractures in order to select appropriate treatment modalities. Furthermore, it is important to prevent secondary fractures from happening once the previous fractures heal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-865
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Volume59
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1

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Keywords

  • Conservative treatment
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Surgery
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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