Medical management following an osteoporotic fracture

Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2011 Dec;97(8):860-9. doi: 10.1016/j.otsr.2011.10.002. Epub 2011 Nov 25.


Osteoporotic fractures are common and account for an important medical impact and high induced health-related costs. The most common fracture sites are the vertebra, wrist, proximal humerus and proximal femur. Osteoporosis must benefit from a medical treatment after a fragility fracture. This management is currently insufficient in France, although diagnostic tools (DEXA scan), effective treatments and guidelines are available and have been widely disseminated. Orthopaedic and trauma surgeons must emphasize to patients with a fracture that they need to consult their general practitioner or rheumatologist to decide how their osteoporosis will be diagnosed and treated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon / methods
  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / therapy*
  • Referral and Consultation*