1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 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? 2. Relevant equations N/A 3. The attempt at a solution 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.