Historically osteoporosis has been treated by surgical intervention, however, with the increased awareness of the role of oestrogen in bone loss during the menopause and the availability of hormone replacement therapy, the treatment strategy has become one of prevention. The shift in understanding of the disease as well as the availability of new treatments has meant that gynaecologists and endocrinologists together with rheumatologists are now involved in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. This has created a need for not only a clear definition of osteoporosis, but also a comprehensive reference on the disease. This book is aimed to combat low understanding of epidemiology of the disease among clinicians.
Maintenance of bone mass; the endocrinology and biochemistry of osteoporosis; assessment of bone mass; determinants of skeletal mass and strength; causes of osteoporosis; consequences of osteoporosis; assessment of osteoporosis; prevention of osteoporosis from menarche to menopause; treatment of generalized osteoporosis with inhibitors of bone resorption; other agents for generalized osteoporosis; treatment of secondary and focal osteoporosis.