Read the case study and respond to the following prompts/questions:
Mrs. L is a 63-year-old woman who reports constant back pain. Further inquiry into her medical history revealed that over the past 3 years, she has suffered fractures of her femur and wrist after minor falls. She experienced menopause at age 49. Mrs. L has a secretarial job, drives to work, and she â€œdoes not have time for exercise.â€ She reports that she consumes 8 to 10 cups of coffee a day and has been a smoker for most of her adult life. She has not seen her physician recently nor had a recommended bone density test because of the time and cost involved.
- Relate Mrs. Lâ€™s history to the diagnosis of osteoporosis. What risk factors are present, and how does each predispose to decreased bone density?
- Explain the cause of pathological fractures in this patient.
- How could osteoporosis have been prevented in Mrs. L?
- Discuss the treatments available to the patient
Due by Sunday at 2359