Review on December 01, 2009
Osteoporosis is suffered by most women to some degree, post menopause. Unfortunately for some the weakening of the bones, caused by this condition, can cause fractures which are not only painful but debilitating for a certain amount of time. Until recently treatment for osteoporosis has been limited and very few women will have osteoporosis therapy even after a fracture. As such treatment has been shown to be effective in treating osteoporosis and reducing the chance of future bone fractures it could be beneficial for many more women than currently receive the benefits.
A recent study conducted in Minnesota has looked into the ways in which osteoporosis can be treated and the reasons why this treatment is not given to so many post menopausal women who could benefit from it. The study followed a population-based retrospective cohort of women who were over the age of 45. A review of the women's medical records was undertaken for those subjects who had suffered a for arm fracture due to osteoporosis from 1995 to 1997. The 343 women who took part in this study had a mean age of 70 and the results show the types of treatments they received as a result of their fractures.
Out of the 343 women who completed the study 83% of them had seen a non-specialist orthopedic doctor. Out of this group, 17% went on to receive treatment for osteoporosis. Interestingly treatment was more likely to be offered to those women who had already been diagnosed as suffering from osteoporosis in the past, those who had suffered multiple fractures in the past or those that were long term smokers. This left 72% of women without any suggested treatment for osteoporosis even after a forearm fracture and the team of researchers undertaking this study were shocked that more wasn't done to utilize osteoporosis treatments.
As this study has demonstrated osteoporosis, although potentially a serious condition, could be minimized by early intervention and treatment in those women who have already suffered from a fracture and have signs of osteoporosis in their bones. Researchers are keen to point out that more research and promotion of osteoporosis treatments need to be carried out in the future so that women who suffer from this condition, post menopause, can have a better quality of life and enjoy stronger bones.
- Cleveland Clinic.(n.d)."Menopause and Osteoporosis".Retrieved from http://my.clevelandclinic.org
- American Physical Therapy Association. (n.d). "What You Need to Know about Osteoporosis". Retrieved from www.apta.org.
- New York State Department of Health.(n.d)."Calcium and Healthy Bones".Retrieved from www.health.state.ny.us.
- National Osteoporosis Foundation.(n.d). "Prevention: Who's at Risk".Retrieved from www.nof.org.