Key Points for Consequences
Most fractures (broken bones) that occur in adulthood with minimal trauma, such as a fall from standing height, are commonly a consequence of osteoporosis.
A spine fracture is the most common bone to break as a result of osteoporosis.
A spine fracture can occur spontaneously without trauma in an individual with osteoporosis. It may result from routine movement and there may be no precipitating event.
Having a spine fracture increases the risk of future fractures.
Multiple spine fractures can change a person’s appearance by causing loss of height, a curving of the shoulders and back, and a thickening waistline.
Most hip fractures are associated with osteoporosis. Hip fractures most often occur in older adults and the risk for hip fracture dramatically increases with advanced age.
Hip fractures can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life. Almost all people who have hip fractures require surgery to repair the broken bone. A hip fracture may cause temporary disability, permanent disability, or even death.
A wrist fracture is a common type of fracture that often occurs in women around the time of menopause.
Broken bones that occur after the age of 50 should discussed with your healthcare provider to determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. A bone mineral density (BMD) test may be prescribed to assess your bone health.