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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 6:29 AM Comments

The typical description an aged female patient and her relatives gives is that she fell down in the bathroom and unable to get up. The clinician finds a fracture of neck of femur, the upper part of thigh bone.And the book also describes in the similar manner.Actually the truth is that the bone breaks first and patient falls down.This is called a pathological fracture usually follows osteoporosis associated in the old age.There are other causes of a pathological fracture also.Estrogen a female hormone plays an important role in maintaining the bone density.After age of forty gradually the hormone secretion decreases resulting in more porous and weak bone, making it vulnerable to crack .If one follows weight bearing exercise, walking being one of them ,it helps to make the bone stronger by applying stress.Along with it she should take calcium and calcium containing food supplementation according to advice of doctor.It can be avoided to a larger extent if can not be stopped.

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