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What Is the Prognosis for Osteoporosis?
With adequate treatment, the progression of osteoporosis can be slowed, stopped, or reversed. Nevertheless, some people become severely disabled as a result of weakened bones. Some patients will fracture their hip, pelvis, vertebrae, wrist, humerus, or leg in the year following an osteoporotic vertebral fracture. Hip fractures are a frequent fracture and leave about half of those who break a hip unable to walk independently. Women who have a hip fracture are at fourfold greater risk for a second hip fracture. There is a significant overall increase in mortality (death rate) in the year after a hip fracture. By 80 years of age, 15% of women and 5% of men have hip fractures. Thus, osteoporosis is a serious disease that requires better efforts at prevention, detection, and treatment.
The image on the left shows decreased bone density in osteoporosis. The image on the right shows normal bone density.
Arrow indicates vertebral fractures
A. Normal spine, B. Moderately osteoporotic spine, C. Severely osteoporotic spine.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/27/2016
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