Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis

Many people think a broken bone can happen to anyone — but that’s a fractured truth.

True, anyone can have an accident. But if your bones are healthy, a simple fall from standing height or lower shouldn’t cause a broken bone. The truth is: 2 million people break a bone due to osteoporosis every year, and 80% of them are women. If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to tell the doctor who treats your osteoporosis about any fractures you’ve had — even fragility (or low-impact) fractures.

Get the facts about fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Different Types of Fractures

Fractures, and the risk of refracturing, can have a serious impact on your day-to-day life. If you have osteoporosis, that first fracture should be a wake-up call for treatment, because in a recent study it was found that 30% of women broke another bone within about 5 years of their first fracture. However, these fractures may be preventable. That’s why it’s important to tell the doctor who is treating your osteoporosis that you’ve had a fracture. Even after that first fracture, your doctor can assist you in finding an osteoporosis treatment to help lower your risk of having another one.

Trauma Fracture

Fragility Fractures

Fragility fractures are common, affecting almost 50% of women over the age of 55. That’s a lot of broken bones.

Fragility fractures, or low-impact fractures, are often the result of falls from a standing position or lower. They can happen during normal daily activities like getting out of a chair or stepping off a curb. They typically occur in the hip, spine and wrist. Even a wrist fracture can make things like preparing a meal, shopping and getting out of the car more difficult. If you’re a woman over 50, these fractures may not be the result of a clumsy act — they may be due to your osteoporosis.

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Trauma Fracture

Vertebral (Spinal) Fractures

Vertebral, or spinal, fractures are the most common fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Spinal fractures increase the risk not only of having another spinal fracture, but also of having other low-impact fractures. Sometimes, spinal fractures don’t have obvious symptoms and may be mistaken for something like back pain. They may also cause height loss, which can later cause kyphosis, or hunching of the back. Some people may attribute these things to aging, but the reality is that they can be caused by osteoporosis.

Learn about options that may treat osteoporosis and reduce fracture risk 
Trauma Fracture

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures cause 1 out of 5 patients to need care in a nursing home.

Hip fractures are the most serious type of fracture caused by osteoporosis. Half of all people who have a hip fracture are unable to function as they did before the fracture. Eighty percent of all hip fractures happen in postmenopausal women, which is another reason to make sure you’re doing all you can for your bones.

Learn about options that may treat osteoporosis and reduce fracture risk 

If you’re over 50 and you have osteoporosis, it’s important to report every fracture to the doctor that diagnosed or is treating your osteoporosis. Even if you’ve already had a fracture, there are treatments to help reduce the risk of having another.