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Vietnam Osteoporosis Workshop, HCMC 2006

750,000 Spine Fractures each year

Most common fragility fx

5-10% increase in all-cause mortality*

Acute or chronic back pain        

~2/3 of  the fractures are clinically silent

Height loss

Gastrointestinal / respiratory difficulties

Depression, loss of self-esteem

Impact on activities of daily living

*Cooper C et al.  Am J Epidemiol 1993;137:1001-1005

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