Bone Health and the Challenge to Orthopaedic Surgeons

Andrew D. Bunta, MD

The time has come for orthopaedic surgeons to play a greater role in the bone health of our patients. The recent progress in both the evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis—coupled with an aging population, changing dietary habits among youth, and a general decrease in physical activity at all ages—means that we can no longer avoid our involvement in this significant public health issue.

Just what degree of involvement is necessary depends on each clinical practice situation. Nevertheless, myriad options exist, and it is incumbent upon each of us to decide what role to play in meeting the skeletal health needs of our patients.

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