Osteoporosis Concept Map | Pathophysiology | Risk Factors of OP | OP Medications | Prevention

osteoporosis concept map
Osteoporosis Concept Map
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Osteoporosis Concept Map: An Overview

Osteoporosis is a progressive and metabolic bone disease that decreases bone density and causes deterioration of bone structure, consequently osteoporosis increases fracture risk even from minor traumatic events as falling from standing position.

This concept map about osteoporosis disease will help you relate and link between: pathophysiology, definition, epidemiology, classification, risk factors, clinical presentation, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis.

Open the map and read the following explanation as an overview that will help you understand the map.


Normally, there is a balance between two ongoing dynamic processes of bone metabolism; the two processes are: bone resorption (daily removal of small amount of bone minerals) and bone deposition (apposition of new bone).  Disturbed bone remodeling balance; with bone resportion more than bone deposition causes osteoporosis.
Mechanisms of bone loss may involve:
-          Age-related decline in the number and the activity of osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone deposition).
-          Decline in local and systemic growth factors.
-          Increase in local and cytokines that stimulates bone resorption.


Osteoporosis is classified as:

-          Primary osteoporosis

·         Type I/postmenopausal osteoporosis
·         Type II/senile osteoporosis

-          Secondary osteoporosis

Causes by other conditions as hormonal imbalances, certain diseases or medications.


Incidence of osteoporosis increases with age and rapid bone loss begins at the time of menopause (about 50 years old).  Osteoporosis affects women more than men, with a female-to-male ratio of 4:1.
This part of the map is linked to:
  1. Screening criteria for osteoporosis, and
  2. Imaging for osteoporosis.  It includes a table comparison between noninvasive techniques for measuring bone mineral density.
  3. Osteoporosis risk factors.
  4. Prevention of osteoporosis (see the map for details).

Risk Factors

Osteoporosis risk factors are represented in a mind map that reveals modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors and diseases and medications that may contribute to developing osteoporosis or cause secondary osteoporosis.

Clinical Presentation

The patient is asymptomatic unless a fracture has occurred.
Signs and symptoms and laboratory tests are stated in the map.


Osteoporosis treatment goals include:
  • Preserve bone mass
  • Prevent fractures
  • Decrease pain
  • Maintain function
Approaches for achieving these goals are presented in the following figure (part of the map):
Osteoporosis treatment goals
Osteoporosis treatment goals
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Preservation of bone mass and prevention of bone loss in patients diagnosed with osteoporosis, could be achieved through:
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Risk factors modifications
  • Calcium and vitamin D intake
  • Physical Activity (strengthening exercises)

Pharmacological treatment of osteoporosis

This map includes a comparison between osteoporosis medications based on mechanism of action, dose, efficacy, indications, side effects, contraindications of each class of the following:

Antiresorptive Drugs

  • Bisphosphonates
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) /Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs)
  • Calcitonin

Bone Forming Drugs

  • Parathyroid hormone (PTH)

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Osteoporosis concept map by Maha Atef, B Pharm.

Version: 2.0
Last updated on: 3 July 2014.

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