Management of osteoporosis and the prevention of fragility fractures

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network


Osteoporosis is a common bone disease characterised by reduced bone mass which is associated with an increased risk of low-trauma fractures. Fractures are an important cause of morbidity, and patients who suffer hip fractures and vertebral fractures have a decreased life expectancy compared with population-based controls.

This Guidelines summary covers risk factors associated with fragility fracture, and includes a treatment pathway.


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