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Strong bones after 50 - staying on treatment

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If you are over 50 and have broken a bone after falling from standing height or less (known as a fragility fracture), this document is for you, your family and carers.
It explains why people with fragility fractures are recommended treatment, why it is important to stay on treatment and where you can find further information.

Every year an estimated half a million fragility fractures occur in the UK. These fragility fractures can be the first sign of osteoporosis. Without treatment, people could be at a high risk of even more serious fractures which may take away their independence and confidence.

Findings from the Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB), show that fewer than 25% of people who started, were still on treatment a year after a fragility fracture.

Given that most osteoporosis treatments need to be taken for years to have their full effect this was understandably concerning. The falls and fragility fracture audit programme patient and carer panel raised that further information on the importance of staying on treatment was required. Which led to the development of this short guide. 

The guide explains why treatment may be recommended, why to stay on treatment and where to find further support should you have any questions about treatments. 

The Royal Osteoporosis Society have have produced guides on the different osteoporsis treatments available, who should take them, how to take them and possible side effects.

The FLS-DB have produced a guide on what the NHS should provide for people who have had a fragility fracture.

Whilst on treatment, if any side effects are experienced contact your doctor or pharmacist. 

Contact

If you have any questions or would like further information about this, or any other of our services, please contact the Fracture Liaison Service Database by telephone on +44 (0)20 3075 1266 or by email at FLSDB@rcplondon.ac.uk.