Which fractures are associated with osteoporosis?
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Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength and a tendency toward fractures. Osteoporotic fractures can occur throughout the body. Vertebral fractures are the most common, while hip fractures are the most costly in terms of medical expenses, morbidity, and mortality. Approximately 20% of patients with a new hip fracture will die within the year and more than 50% will never regain their prior functional capacity.
Evidence Based Practice 11(10): 01-03.