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Medical News & Perspectives
June 26, 2018

Amid Osteoporosis Treatment Crisis, Experts Suggest Addressing Patients’ Bisphosphonate Concerns

JAMA. 2018;319(24):2464-2466. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7097

Several times a month, orthopedic surgeon Anna N. Miller, MD, repairs an unusual type of thigh bone break that can afflict elderly patients being treated for osteoporosis. Known as atypical femur fractures, these breaks occur not after a fall or other trauma, but during routine activities, like walking, twisting at the waist, or even just standing still. The injuries are devastating, Miller says, often requiring multiple surgeries, a stay at a rehabilitation facility, and months to walk normally again.