Falls, Osteoporosis, and Hip Fractures

Lenise A. Cummings-Vaughn, Julie K. Gammack

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Osteoporosis and falls are distinct conditions that share the potential clinical endpoint of fracture. This article explores the associations between osteoporosis and falls by examining the epidemiology, risk factors, risk prevention, and treatments. It outlines the evidence on falls prevention, osteoporosis diagnosis, and fracture risk assessment. It includes several studies that challenge the common view on the use of fall prevention tools, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry testing, and postfracture bisphosphonate treatment. By understanding the evidence, it becomes clearer how to target populations at risk, interpret screening methods, and promote disease prevention and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-506
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011


  • Falls
  • Hip fracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Risk factors


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