Vertebral fracture cascade focus of latest Capture the Fracture webinar

The "Fracture Cascade and Secondary Fracture Prevention" webinar on September 20, led by Prof.Thierry Thomas, shows impact of undetected, untreated vertebral fractures.

Fragility fracture is a major public health concern affecting millions worldwide, with rising human and socioeconomic costs in all regions of the world.  A key factor contributing to the rampant costs is the positive association between a first fragility fracture and the risk of secondary fractures. Patients suffering from a fragility fracture are twice as likely to undergo recurrent fractures in the future compared to peers who have not suffered a fracture. The risk increases if the underlying osteoporosis is not diagnosed, treated and managed appropriately.

The phenomenon of one fracture leading to another has been coined the “fracture cascade,” and is a consequence of lack of appropriate post-fracture prevention care. On September 20, 2017 a Capture the Fracture® webinar focused on this important issue – which so clearly underlines the need for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) to manage patients after a first fracture and to minimize risk of secondary fractures

The webinar was led by Prof. Thierry Thomas of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint-Étienne, an FLS expert with extensive expertise on post-fracture preventive care, and an active member of the Capture the Fracture® Steering Committee. The webinar was viewed by attendees from throughout the EU, Russia, Japan, Iran, and the USA, with more than 40 live participants and close to a hundred views on IOF platforms so far.

As well as highlighting the phenomenon of fracture cascade, the webinar uses case studies to explain how a primary non vertebral fracture or a vertebral fracture leads to secondary fractures when managed inappropriately. It also outlines the mortality risk involved following a fracture. FLS are reviewed and discussed as the most cost- and clinically effective solution for secondary fracture prevention.

The webinar was the first in a new series of five Capture the Fracture® webinars planned from September 2017 to January 2018.

To find out about upcoming webinars, or to download past webinars, visit the Capture the Fracture® website: http://www.capture-the-fracture.org/webinars