Evaluate your patients over 50 years of age, particularly those with known risk factors for osteoporosis, and look for:
Conduct a baseline height measurement of your patients and carry out yearly comparisons.
Consider using lateral DXA (or VFA) to identify vertebral fractures.
Use lateral spinal x-rays to confirm vertebral fractures.
Initiate treatment for people with prevalent vertebral fractures with appropriate therapy to prevent further fractures.