Nonpharmacologic management of osteoporosis

This Medscape review covers orthoses, exercise, calcium and vitamin D therapy, and kyphoplasty from an academic perspective.

According to the authors, “Nonmedical management plays a critical role in a comprehensive treatment plan.” It complements pharmacologic interventions, and is “critical in patients who cannot, or will not, take anti-osteoporotic medications.”

The authors conclude, “As considerable debate surrounds the ideal pharmacologic algorithm, it is likely that non pharmacologic interventions will have a more definitive role in future treatment considerations.”

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch offers a more practical and action-oriented approach to lowering the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.