Osteoporosis is a generalized disorder of the skeleton. The major complications of this disorder are fractures of the vertebrae, hip, humerus, tibia, and wrist. Hip fractures are the most severe, with approximately 300,000 hip fractures occurring annually in the osteoporotic population. Hip fractures carry a major risk of morbidity and mortality; up to 20% of patients die within 1 year of hip fracture, and 70% never regain their previous level of function.1
- Hip fracture.
1. Brandon WH: Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. In Clinical Review and Primary Care Update 2000. Mayo Clinic: Jacksonville, FL; 293-302.
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