Practice Cases

Select a case from one of the topic categories listed below, or read Osteoporosis - An Overview for general information about osteoporosis.

Screening & Evaluation

When to Screen

Learn about some of the current guidelines for screening, the importance of risk factors and how expert groups differ in their recommendations.

Bone Density Measurement Basics

Learn which techniques and sites are best for bone density testing, the meaning of T- and Z-scores, and payment issues

Following Changes in Bone Density

Find out how often to obtain a DXA, how to judge a significant change in density, and the pitfalls in interpreting changes.

Fracture Risk Assessment

Information on risk factors can illuminate the causes of osteoporosis and play an important role in screening and treatment decisions. To learn more, check out this case.

back to top


Fall Prevention

Falls are major contributors to fractures. Learn about patient evaluation and interventions to prevent falls.

Exercise in Osteoporosis Prevention

What is the relationship between exercise and osteoporosis during each phase of life? Find some answers in this case.

back to top

Drug Therapy

Estrogen Therapy

What is the role of hormone therapy in light of new research findings? Explore the issues in this case.

SERMs in Osteoporosis

Learn about SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators) and recent findings regarding their effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.


Learn how these potent inhibitors of bone resorbtion can improve bone density and reduce fracture risk. Find out who may benefit from these drugs.


Understand the role of calcitonin in treatment of osteoporosis and acute vertebral fractures.


When do you treat patients with teriparatide? Learn about the benefits of teriparatide in high risk patients.

Thiazide Diuretics

How do thiazide diuretics affect bone density and fracture risk?

back to top

Secondary Osteoporosis

Corticosteroid-Induced Osteoporosis

Find out the dose of prednisone that causes osteoporosis and how to monitor and prevent osteoporosis in patients on steroids.

Female Hypogonadism

Eating disorders can have a profound effect on the body, including bone. Review aspects of this disease pertaining to bone health.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Osteoporosis is not the only cause of low bone density. Learn how lifestyle and nutrition can contribute to the development of osteomalacia, a condition that can coexist with osteoporosis.

Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera, DMPA) Effects on Bone Mineral Density

Depot medroxyprogesterone is a very effective form of birth control. Understand how it affects bone density in both adolescents and adult women.

back to top

Male Osteoporosis

Male Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a significant disease among men as well as in women. This case reviews features of diagnosis and treatment that are specific to men.

back to top

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /nfs/bronfs/uwfs/hw00/d65/osteoed/inc/functions.php on line 179