[Importance of osteoporosis-related fractures for patients]

Unfallchirurg. 2019 Oct;122(10):750-754. doi: 10.1007/s00113-019-00708-2.
[Article in German]


Background: Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects both women and men. Due to a reduced bone mineral density and increasing age, the risk for atraumatic fractures increases. These fractures cause pain due to the fracture itself and also have far-reaching sequelae in nearly all areas of life of patients.

Objective: The aim of this article is to summarize the consequences of osteoporotic fractures from the patient's point of view and to highlight the consequences of osteoporosis for the patient. The necessity for timely diagnostics and treatment after a fracture event is explained.

Material and methods: For each term a literature search was performed using key topic-related terms and the results are presented as a narrative review.

Results: Various areas of importance for patients were identified. A direct assessment of the patient's point of view was not feasible using a literature search; however, studies with surveys of patients could be identified and therefore, the patient's point of view could be integrated. Areas of interest that could be identified in the literature were pain, psychological well-being, cognitive abilities, mortality and long-term need for nursing.

Conclusion: The effects of osteoporosis and fractures are multifactorial and often severe for the patient. The measures for prevention of osteoporotic fractures should be consistently implemented in the daily clinical routine and the necessary diagnostics and treatment should be rapidly initiated.

Keywords: Activities of daily living; Cognition; Mortality; Pain; Psyche.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Density
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporotic Fractures*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires