Challenging orthopaedics to reduce osteoporotic hip fractures

By Laura L. Tosi, MD, and Richard M. Dell, MD

New programs show orthopaedic surgeons can reduce hip fractures in men and women

Recent epidemiologic data demonstrate that almost 2 million osteoporosis-related fractures occur each year in the United States. Of these, nearly 300,000 are hip fractures. Although hip fractures represent approximately 15 percent of all osteoporotic fractures, they represent 72 percent of fracture costs—approximately $12 billion in 2005.

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