Current Osteoporosis Reports

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 299–311 | Cite as

Clinical Management of Osteoporotic Fractures

  • Adam Z. Khan
  • Richard D. Rames
  • Anna N. Miller
Orthopedic Management of Fractures (S Bukata and L Gerstenfeld, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Orthopedic Management of Fractures


Purpose of Review

This review examines recent literature regarding the clinical management of fragility fractures, provides insight into new practice patterns, and discusses controversies in current management.

Recent Findings

There are declining rates of osteoporosis management following initial fragility fracture. Management of osteoporotic fractures via a multidisciplinary team reduces secondary fracture incidence and improves overall osteoporotic care. Anabolic agents (abaloparatide and teriparatide) are effective adjuvants to fracture repair, and have shown positive results in cases of re-fracture in spite of medical management (i.e., bisphosphonates). For AO 31-A1 and A2 intertrochanteric hip fractures (non-reverse obliquity), no clinical advantage of intramedullary fixation over the sliding hip screw (SHS) has been proven; SHS is more cost-effective.


As fragility fracture incidence continues to rise, orthopedic surgeons must play a more central role in the care of osteoporotic patients. Initiation of pharmacologic intervention is key to preventing subsequent fragility fractures, and may play a supportive role in initial fracture healing. While the media bombards patients with complications of medical therapy (atypical femur fractures, osteonecrosis of jaw, myocardial infarction), providers need to understand and communicate the low incidence of these complications compared with consequences of not initiating medical therapy.


Osteoporosis Fragility Fracture management Bisphosphonates Hip fracture Bone mineral density 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Anna Miller reports teaching educational courses for AO North America and sitting on an expert panel for Radius Health. Adam Khan and Richard Rames declare no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Z. Khan
    • 1
  • Richard D. Rames
    • 1
  • Anna N. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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