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OSTEOPOROSIS – A TALE OF BROKEN BONES

Dr. Raghuveer Reddy, Thursday, October 31, 2019

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

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.


WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS?

Fractures due to osteoporosis have a serious impact on a person’s health, happiness and quality of life.

They can result in chronic pain, long-term disability and death.

We cannot afford to ignore the problem. At least one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty around the world will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. As our life expectancy increases, so too does the proportion of the population suffering osteoporotic fractures.

Despite its serious impact, the disease remains under diagnosed and under treated. Around 80% of people at high risk and who have already had at least one osteoporotic fracture are not identified or treated.


WHAT ARE THE IMPACT OF HIP FRACTURES?

Hip fractures result in pain, reduced mobility, disability, and an increasing degree of dependence.

Hip fractures are one of the main reasons why older people lose their independence. After a hip fracture 10-20% of patients who used to live in the community will require long term nursing care.

Almost one in five people die in the first year after suffering a hip fracture, and greater risk of dying may continue for at least five years afterwards.

People who survive a hip fracture often suffer loss of physical function and independence. 40% are unable to walk independently and 60% still require assistance a year later. 33% are totally dependent or in a nursing home in the year following a hip fracture.


WHAT ARE THE IMPACT OF VERTEBRAL FRACTURES?

Vertebral fractures can lead to back pain, loss of height, deformity, immobility, increased number of bed days, and even reduced pulmonary function.

Vertebral fractures significantly affect the ability of people to carry out activities of daily living. Besides their impact on quality of life, they can result in loss of self-esteem, distorted body image and depression.

After hospitalization for a vertebral fracture, there is a greatly increased risk of requiring hospitalization for a further fracture in the years following initial hospitalization.


WHAT ARE THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OSTEOPORISIS RELATED FRACTURES?

Beyond the personal impact on millions of people around the world, fractures caused by osteoporosis represent a major and growing socioeconomic burden, causing:

  • Huge direct costs for medical, hospital and surgical care.
  • Rising indirect costs that result when patients lose their independence and require nursing care either at home or in institutions.
  • Loss of work days and income among adults who are still active in the work place.
  • Burden of Disability


WHY KIMS?

As the best hospital for orthopaedics in Hyderabad, KIMS provides unique, innovative and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for osteoporosis. We can proudly claim to have the best orthopaedic doctors in Hyderabad, dedicated to treating osteoporosis and other wide range of bone diseases.

KIMS has one of the most innovative research and programs in the area of osteoporosis treatment in Hyderabad. For this reason, thousands of patients come to our centre for diagnosis and treatment every year.

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