Osteoporosis & Fracture Fragility
July 6, 2021
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease characterised by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to a fragility fracture.
What is a Fragility Fracture?
A fragility fracture is a is a fracture that results from mechanical forces that would not cause a fracture in normal bone. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has quantified this as forces equivalent to a fall from standing height or less.
Busamed Paardevlei Osteoporosis and Fragility Fracture Unit is a centre of excellence for the comprehensive treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
It has been scientifically proven that patients who sustain osteoporosis related neck of femur fractures who are treated by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team have better outcomes in terms of the following:
- Improved survival
- Shorter hospital stay
- Fewer post-operative complications
We have a dedicated Orthogeriatric Team consisting of the following:
- Orthopaedic surgeons
- Specialist physicians/Geriatrician
- Occupational therapists
Our approach to treating patients with fragility fractures aims to improve the chance of returning to the level of activity enjoyed before the fracture in a shorter period of time.
We achieve this by using the latest evidence based medical and surgical interventions in line with best international practice. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach that offers a comprehensive and integrated approach for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, bone density testing, treatment of fragility fractures, rehabilitation and prevention of falls and further fractures.
Visit the website for more information: www.fragility.co.za