|Osteoporos is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Orthopaedic surgeons are serving more and more elderly people suffering from bone fractures and spinal fractures, many of which are suffering from osteoporosis. They are aware of the special precautions to be taken while dealing with the soft bones, they need to be fully informed about the pathology of osteoporosis, the treatment, the complications and the safe practice. Increasing human longevity in affluent communities is an exciting development. However longevity is complicated with physiological deteriorations in tissues and organs. Weakening of the bones has already developed into a major public health problem because of the increasing incidence of fractures, affecting the hip and spine. Hip fractures demand a system of institutional treatment while spinal involvements constitute the most common cause of back pain among the elderlies.
Osteoporosis and the Orthopedist: PC Leung