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Homework Help: Osteoporosis Effects Short Term vs Long

  1. Mar 31, 2007 #1
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    This is starting to get a bit trick because of mixed information. Anyways, does anyone know the effects of osteoporosis in terms of short term versus long term?

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    Spine fractures caused by osteoporosis are likely to be the main cause for long term consequences. Continuous back fractures will cause posture problems and potential height loss. Fractures in the hip may require surgery. Fractures experienced in the wrist can lead to loss of strength in the patients arm. A patient who has suffered from one major osteoporosis related fracture is also likely to suffer from an additional one leading to long term effects such as financial loss or permanent disability.
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  3. Apr 8, 2009 #2
    The short-term effects of osteoporosis are usually not clinically relevant. Once a sufficient degree of bone mass has been lost, weight-bearing bones including lumbar vertebras and the neck of the femur are subject to fracture. Individuals with osteoporosis may also experience chronic pain resulting from micro-fractures in weight-bearing bones and joints.

    Long-term treatment includes regular exercise (under the guidance of a physician), and supplementation with calcium and vitamin D. Strontium [surprisingly] has been shown in several large-scale studies to be of benefit, causing bone tissue to increase calcium uptake.
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