Screening for falls and osteoporosis: prevention practice for the hand therapist.

  title={Screening for falls and osteoporosis: prevention practice for the hand therapist.},
  author={M. Thompson and Celinda P Evitt and Mirtha Montejo Whaley},
  journal={Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists},
  volume={23 2},
  pages={212-28; quiz 229}
Fractures of the upper extremity are considered a hallmark of underlying osteopenia or osteoporosis and strong predictors of subsequent fractures. Falling is the strongest single risk factor for fractures in older adults. Studies have shown that interventions to prevent falls can significantly reduce this risk factor. Hand therapists working with patients with an upper extremity injury from a fall cannot assume that screening for osteoporosis or the likelihood of falls has been addressed by… CONTINUE READING
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