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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2016;59(11):857-865.
Published online November 23, 2016.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2016.59.11.857   
Surgical or nonsurgical treatment of osteoporotic fractures
Si Young Park, Soon Hyuck Lee, Woong Kyo Jeong, Chun Hyung Kang
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. drspine90@gmail.com
The worldwide population of the elderly is steadily increasing, and even more so in Korea, thus causing an increase in the osteoporotic fracture prevalence. Osteoporotic fracture is a serious injury that can decrease quality of life, and can also produce major social problems when it causes mortality. Preventing such fractures from happening in the first place is of utmost importance but once a fracture does occur, it is important to select appropriate treatment modalities to prevent secondary fractures. Recently, with the increase of life expectancy, it has become favorable to perform surgical fixation for significantly displaced osteoporotic fractures and use early rehabilitation programs to return the patient to normal body performance as soon as possible. To do so, it is important to accurately assess the location and the degree of the fractures in order to select appropriate treatment modalities. Furthermore, it is important to prevent secondary fractures from happening once the previous fractures heal.
Key Words: Osteoporosis, Fractures, Therapeutics, Surgery, Conservative treatment


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