Osteoporosis can severely impact a patient's quality of life once fractures start to occur.


Physical consequences of osteoporotic fractures:

(1) impaired mobility following a fracture involving a lower extremity

(2) kyphosis with loss of height following vertebral fracture

(3) impaired balance

(4) fatigue and deconditioning

(5) pain


Psychological consequences:

(1) fear of falling and other anxieties

(2) depression

(3) loss of self-esteem


Impairment in activities:

(1) decrease capacity for social participation due to restricted activities, with isolation

(2) impaired ability to work

(3) increased dependency


Complications of therapy:

(1) infection

(2) adverse drug effects


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