Missed diagnoses leads to unnecessary broken bones

Missed diagnoses leads to unnecessary broken bones

Osteoporosis is not being properly diagnosed or treated by doctors in Australia causing thousands of unnecessary broken bones. Each year 140,000 Australians break a bone due to osteoporosis. 

Professor Markus Seibel, member of Osteoporosis Australia's Medical and Scientific Committee says "70 to 80 percent of people who go to a doctor, hospital or specialist with a broken bone are not being properly diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis." 

Left undiagnosed these people are likely to break another bone. 

"You can imagine for those patients to go through a series of broken bones and hospitalisations and operations -  it's devastating not only for them but their families and all of this could've been prevented if we intervene early," he said.

Osteoporosis Australia along with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians are calling for action, to stop the cycle of repeat bone fractures.  

"We want a specific action plan with funding mechanisms from state and federal governments to implement secondary fracture prevention programs," Professor Seibel said.

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