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Epidemiology, Diagnosis

Prevention and Management of
Osteoporotic Fractures
Kenneth A. Egol, MD
NYU-Hospital For Joint Diseases
Created March 2004; Revised May 2006

• Osteoporosis -- a
decreased bone density
with normal bone
– WHO Definition (1994)
• Bone Mineral Density ≥2.5
SD’s below the mean seen
in young normal subjects

– Incidence increases with
• 15% of white women age
• 70% of white women older
than age 80

• Risk factors for osteoporosis

Female sex
European ancestry
Sedentary lifestyle
Multiple births
Excessive alcohol use

Background • Senile osteoporosis common – Some degree of osteopenia is found in virtually all healthy elderly patients • Treatable causes should be investigated – – – – – Nutritional deficiency Malabsorption syndromes Hyperparathyroidism Cushings disease Tumors .

3 million hip fractures will occur globally • Enormous cost to society .Background • The incidence of osteoporotic fractures is increasing – Estimated that half of all women and one-third of all men will sustain a fragility fracture during their lifetime • By 2050 --> 6.

Background • The most common fractures in the elderly osteoporotic patient include: – Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures • Intertrochanteric fractures • Subtrochanteric fractures – – – – Ankle fractures Proximal humerus fracture Distal radius fractures Vertebral compression fractures .

Background • Fractures in the elderly osteoporotic patient represent a challenge to the orthopaedic surgeon • The goal of treatment is to restore the pre-injury level of function • Fracture can render an elderly patient unable to function independently --requiring institutionalized care .

Background • Osteopenia complicates both fracture treatment and healing • Internal fixation compromised – Poor screw purchase – Increased risk of screw pull out – Augmentation with methylmethacrylate has been advocated • Increased risk of non-union – Bone augmentation (bone graft. substitutes) may be indicated .

Pre-injury Status • Medical History • Cognitive History • Functional History – Ambulatory status • • • • Community Ambulator Household Ambulator Non-Functional Ambulator Non-Ambulator – Living arrangements .

Pre-injury Status • Systemic disease – Pre-existing cardiac and pulmonary disease is common in the elderly – Diminishes patients ability to tolerate prolonged recumbency – Diabetes increases wound complications and infection – May delay fracture union .

not incapacitating – ASA IV.mild systemic disease – ASA III.normal healthy – ASA II.severe incapacitating disease – ASA V.Pre-injury Status • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Classification – ASA I.Severe systemic disease.moribund patient .

Pre-injury Status • Cognitive Status – Critical to outcome – Conditions may render patient unable to participate in rehabilitation • • • • Alzheimer’s CVA Parkinson's Senile dementia .

7 billion annually – 20% higher incidence in urban areas – 15% lifetime risk for white females who live to age 80 .000 in 1990 to 650.000 by 2040 – Cost approximately $8.Hip Fractures • General principles – With the aging of the American population the incidence of hip fractures is projected to increase from 250.

Hip Fractures • Epidemiology – Incidence increases after age 50 – Female: Male ratio is 2:1 – Femoral neck and intertrochanteric fractures seen with equal frequency .

Hip Fractures • Radiographic evaluation – Anterior-posterior view – Cross table lateral – Internal rotation view will help delineate fracture pattern .

Hip Fractures • Radiographic evaluation – Occult hip fracture • Technetium bone scanning is a sensitive indicator. but may take 2-3 days to become positive • Magnetic resonance imaging has been shown to be as sensitive as bone scanning and can be reliably performed within 24 hours .

UTI.Hip Fractures • Management – Prompt operative stabilization • Operative delay of > 24-48 hours increases one-year mortality rates • However. important to balance medical optimization and expeditious fixation – Early mobilization • Decrease incidence of decubiti. atelectasis/respiratory infections – DVT prophylaxis .

Hip Fractures • Outcomes – Fracture related outcomes • Healing • Quality of reduction – Functional outcomes • Ambulatory ability • Mortality (25% at one year) • Return to pre-fracture activities of daily living .

Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures – Intracapsular location – Vascular Supply • Medial and lateral circumflex vessels anastamose at the base of the neck • blood supply predominately from ascending arteries (90%) • Artery of ligamentum teres (10%) .

Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures • Treatment – Non-displaced/ valgus impacted fractures • Non-operative 8-15% displacement rate • Operative with cannulated screws • Non-union 5% and osteonecrosis is approximately 8% .

Closed Reduction and Internal fixation • 30% non-union and 25%-30% osteonecrosis rate • Non-union requires reoperation 75% of the time while osteonecrosis leads to reoperation in 25% of cases .Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures – Displaced fractures should be treated operatively – Treatment: Open vs.

dislocation. infection .Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures • Treatment: Hemiarthroplasty – Unipolar Vs Bipolar – Can lead to acetabular erosion.

non-ambulatory patient – Mobilize early • Accept resulting non or malunion .Hip Fractures • Femoral neck fractures • Treatment – Displaced fractures can be treated non -operatively in certain situations • Demented.

Hip Fractures • Intertrochanteric fractures – Extracapsular (well vascularized) – Region distal to the neck between the trochanters – Calcar femorale – Posteromedial cortex – Important muscular insertions .

Hip Fractures • Intertrochanteric fractures – Treatment • Usually treated surgically • Implant of choice is a hip compression screw that slides in a barrel attached to a sideplate • The implant allows for controlled impaction upon weightbearing .

Hip Fractures • Intertrochanteric fractures – Treatment • Primary prosthetic replacement can be considered • For cases with significant comminution .

Hip Fractures • Subtrochanteric Fractures – Begin at or below the level of the lesser trochanter – Typically higher energy injuries seen in younger patients – far less common in the elderly .

Hip Fractures • Subtrochanteric Fractures – Treatment • Intramedullary nail (high rates of union) • Plates and screws .

Ankle Fractures • Common injury in the elderly – Significant increase in the incidence and severity of ankle fractures over the last 20 years • Low energy injuries following twisting reflecting the relative strength of the ligaments compared to osteopenic bone .

Ankle Fractures • Epidemiology – Finnish Study (Kannus et al) • Three-fold increase in the number of ankle fractures among patients older than 70 years between 1970 and 2000 • Increase in the more severe Lauge-Hansen SE-4 fracture – In the United States. .3 per 1000 Medicare recipients • Figure that appears to be steadily rising. ankle fractures have been reported to occur in as many as 8.

Ankle Fractures • Presentation – – – – Follows twisting of foot relative to lower tibia Patients present unable to bear weight Ecchymosis. deformity Careful neurovascular exam must be performed .

Ankle Fractures • Radiographic evaluation – Ankle trauma series includes: • AP • Lateral • Mortise – Examine entire length of the fibula .

non-displaced malleolar fracture without evidence of disruption of syndesmotic ligaments treated non-operatively with full weight bearing – My utilize walking cast or cast brace .Ankle Fractures • Treatment – Isolated.

Ankle Fractures • Treatment – Unstable fracture patterns with bimalleolar involvement. or unimalleolar fractures with talar displacement must be reduced – Treatment closed requires a long leg cast to control rotation • may be a burden to an elderly patient .

Ankle Fractures • Treatment – Reductions that are unable to be attained closed require open reduction and internal fixation – The skin over the ankle is thin and prone to complication – Await resolution of edema to achieve a tension free closure .

Ankle Fractures • Treatment – Fixation may be suboptimal due to osteopenia • May have to alter standard operative techniques • Cement Augmentation – Reports in literature mixed • Early studies showed no difference in operative vs non-op treatment -.with operative groups having higher complication rates • More recent studies show improved outcomes in operatively treated group – Goal is return to pre-injury functional status .

Proximal Humerus • Background – – – – – Very common fracture seen in geriatric populations 112/100.000 in women Result of low energy trauma Goal is to restore pain free range of shoulder motion .000 in men 439/100.

Proximal Humerus • Epidemiology – Incidence rises dramatically beyond the fifth decade in women – 71% of all proximal humerus fractures occur in patients older than 60 – Associated with • frail females • Poor neuromuscular control • Decreased bone mineral density .

Proximal Humerus • Background – Articulates with the glenoid portion of the scapula to form the shoulder joint – Four parts – Combination of bony. capsular and ligamentous structures maintains shoulder stability – Status of the rotator cuff is key . muscular.

Proximal Humerus • Radiographic evaluation – – – – AP Scapula Y Axillary CT scan can be helpful .

Proximal Humerus • Treatment – Minimally displaced (one part fractures) usually stabilized by surrounding soft tissues • Non operative: 91% good to excellent results .

Proximal Humerus • Treatment – Isolated lesser tuberosity fractures require operative fixation only if the fragment contains a large articular portion or limits internal rotation – Isolated greater tuberosity associated with longitudinal cuff tears and require ORIF .

Proximal Humerus • Treatment – Displaced surgical neck fractures can be treated closed by reduction under anesthesia with Xray guidance • Anatomic neck fractures are rare but have a high rate of osteonecrosis – If acceptable reduction is not attained open reduction should be undertaken .

Proximal Humerus • Treatment – Closed treatment of 3 and 4 part fractures have yielded poor results – Failure of fixation is a problem in osteopenic bone • Locked plating versus prosthetic replacement .

malunion. nonunion – Prosthetic replacement can be expected to result in relatively pain free shoulders – Functional recovery and ROM variable .Proximal Humerus • Treatment – Regardless of treatment all require prolonged. supervised rehabilitation program – poor results are associated with rotator cuff tears.

Distal Radius • Background – Very common fracture in the elderly – Result from low energy injuries – Incidence increases with age. poor eyesight and a decrease in coordination . particularly in women – Associated with dementia.

Distal Radius • Epidemiology – Increasing in incidence • Especially in women – – – – Peak incidence in females 60-70 Lifetime risk is 15% Most frequent cause: fall on outstretched arm Decreased bone mineral density is a factor .

Distal Radius • Radiographic evaluation – – – – PA Lateral Oblique Contralateral wrist • Important to evaluate deformity. ulnar variance .

Distal Radius • Treatment – Non-displaced fractures may be immobilized for 6-8 weeks – Metacarpal-phalangeal and interphalangeal joint motion must be started early .

Distal Radius • Treatment – Displaced fractures should be reduced with restoration of radial length. inclination and tilt • Usually accomplished with longitudinal traction under hematoma block – If satisfactory reduction is obtained treatment in a long arm or short arm cast is undertaken • No statistical difference in method – Weekly radiographs are required .

Distal Radius • Treatment: Operative – if acceptable reduction not obtained – regional or general anesthesia – Methods • ORIF • Closed reduction and percutaneous pinning with external fixation – Bone grafting for dorsal comminution .

Distal Radius • Treatment – Results are variable and depend on fracture type and reduction achieved – Minimally displaced and fractures in which a stable reduction has been achieved result in good functional outcomes .

Distal Radius • Treatment – Displaced fractures treated surgically produce good to excellent results 70-90% – Functional limits include pain. stiffness and decreased grip .

Vertebral Compression Fractures • Background – Nearly all post-menopausal women over age 70 have sustained a vertebral compression fracture – Usually occur between T8 and L2 – Kyphosis and scoliosis may develop • markers for osteoporosis .

000 Twice as common in females Lifetime risk in a 50 year old white female is 32% .Vertebral Compression Fractures • Epidemiology – – – – More common than hip fractures 117/100.

Vertebral Compression Fractures • Background – Present with acute back pain – Tender to palpation – Neurologic deficit is rare • Patterns – Biconcave (upper lumbar) – Anterior wedge (thoracic) – Symmetric compression (T-L junction) .

Vertebral Compression Fractures • Radiographic evaluation – AP and lateral radiographs of the spine – Symptomatic vertebrae 1/3 height of adjacent – Bone scan can differentiate old from new fractures .

Vertebral Compression Fractures
• Treatment
– Simple osteoporotic vertebral compression
fractures are treated non-operatively and
– Prolonged bedrest should be avoided
– Progressive ambulation should be started early
– Back exercises should be started after a few

Vertebral Compression Fractures
• Treatment
– A corset may be helpful
– Most fractures heal uneventfully
– Kyphoplasty an option

• Strategies focus on controlling factors that
predispose to fracture
• Fall prevention

Prevention • Multidisciplinary programs – – – – Medical adjustment Behavior modification Exercise classes Controversial .

Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Well established link between decreasing bone mass and risk of fracture • Treatment of osteoporosis – – – – – Estrogen Calcium/Vitamin D Supplements Calcitononin Bisphosphonates Teriparatide (Forteo) .

Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Estrogen – 2-3% bone loss with menopause – Unopposed or combined therapy has been shown to reduce hip fracture incidence in women aged 65-74 by 40-60% (Henderson et al. 1988) – Risk of breast and endometrial cancer increased in unopposed therapy .

Lancet 1996) . NEJM 1995) – Reduced hip fracture rate by 50% in women who had sustained a previous vertebral fracture.Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Fosmax – Shown to increase the bone density in femoral neck in post menopausal women with osteoporosis (Lieberman et al. (Black et al.

400 IU/day – Age >70 -.600 IU/day • Combining Vitamin D and calcium supplementation has been shown to increase bone mineral density and reduce the risk of fracture .200 mg/day • Vitamin D – Age 51-70 -.Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation – Recommended for most men and women >50 years • Calcium – Age <50 -.1.000 mg/day – Age >50 -.1.

Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Calcitonin – Inhibits bone resorption by inhibiting osteoclast activity – Approved for treatment of osteoporosis in women who have been post-menopausal for > 5 years • Daily intranasal spray of 200 IU – Trial demonstrated 33% reduction of vertebral compression fractures with daily therapy (Chesnut Am J Med 2000) • No effect on hip fractures demonstrated .

Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Bisphosphonates – Inhibits bone resorption by reducing osteoclast recruitment and activity – Bone formed while on bisphosphonate therapy is histologically normal – Available formulations • Alendronate • Risendronate • Ibandronate • Strongest evidence for rapid fracture risk reduction – Decreasing the incidence of both vertebral and nonvertebral fractures .

Prevention and Treatment of Bone Fragility • Teriparatide (Forteo) – Recombinant formulation of parathyroid hormone – Stimulates the formation of new bone by increasing the number and activity of osteoblasts – Once daily subcutaneous injection of 20 g • Study of 1637 post-menopausal women – 65% reduction in the incidence of new vertebral fractures – 53% reduction in the incidence of new nonvertebral fractures .

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