Osteoporosis: The Disease Of Fragility Paper

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Osteoporosis: The Disease of Fragility Ariell Choy & Anna Vassilev Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology NUR301 Rupinder Khaira October 15, 2014 “The students listed above agree that the work for this assignment has been shared amongst all members and that we have all contributed to the intellectual and written content of this assignment. We acknowledge and agree that the mark assigned to the assignment will be the same for each student.” Introduction This paper will discuss and critically analyze the concept of osteoporosis among seniors living in long-term care settings and hospitals in North America between the years of 2009 to the present. The findings of this paper will be summarized into the following…show more content…
This is why it is important that pain management become a daily priority for senior Canadians. According to the best practice guidelines of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO): “a person who has a risk of any type of pain, requires a comprehensive and systematic approach to pain assessment to address the following: previous pain history, sensory characteristics of pain (severity, quality, temporal features, location and what makes the pain better or worse), impact of pain on usual everyday activities (ability to work, sleep, experience enjoyment), psychosocial impacts of pain on oneself or others (depression, financial) and interventions used in the past that were found to manage pain effectively (RNAO, 2013, p.…show more content…
These manifestations include the loss of height, lower back pain, fractures of the forearm, hip and spine and finally the progressive curvature of the human spine. Osteoclasts function to resorb bone and although the major causes of osteoporosis are not quite known, it is possible that an increase in osteoclast activity causes osteoporosis. It is also possible that a loss of efficiency in osteoblasts, whose function is to form bones may also cause osteoporosis (Leyland, 2013). As humans age, the body must somehow find a way to compensate for bone loss. The body does this by increasing the diameter of the limb bones. Beyond the age of thirty, bone formation, unfortunately, does not keep pace with resorption. This causes bone mass to decrease. This decrease of bone mass and increase in diameter of limb bones results in resistance to bend and twist the spine (Leyland, 2013). The progressive curvature of the spine causes low back pain, and fractures of the spine, hip and forearm. When fractures occur, this may lead to disability and even

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