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Orthogeriatrics was created to improve the poor outcomes of patients over 60 years suffering a hip fracture. As many orthogeriatric patients suffer with coexisting medical and social problems, good handover to primary care physicians facilitates good community care. This is part one of a two-part article.
Osteoporosis is a common condition and is a cause of significant morbidity and mortality. There are approximately 536,000 fragility fractures in the UK each year and a proportion of these will be commenced on treatment for osteoporosis. During the past decade there have been growing reports of patients who have been treated for osteoporosis later presenting with atypical femoral fractures (AFFs). These patients should be referred for timely imaging.
Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle beyond the normal ageing process because of inadequate lifestyle and other issues. It negatively results in decreasing muscle strength and/or physical performance, which brings critical risks for a patient’s quality of life, independence and even mortality.