Fragility Factors: Risks and Prevention

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about fragility fractures along with the risks and prevention factors for women as they age.

What is a fragility fracture?

Dr. Jennifer Jerele defines and explains fragility fracture. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is a fragility fracture?

Fragility fractures are pathologic fractures that occur in bone that is not normal after what you would consider a normal activity, such as a fall from standing height, or when a bone breaks after a trip and fall not all the way to the ground. If you were a normal 25-year-old, those types of injuries would not cause these fractures, but as we age we lose bone mass and it causes these fractures and low mechanism injuries.

 

A fragility fracture occurs when you fall from a standing height or less and break a bone. Our bodies should be able to sustain a fall from this height without a fracture unless an underlying cause makes the bones fragile. The most common areas involved include the hip, spine and wrist. If you were a normal 25-year-old, those types of injuries would not cause these fractures, but as we age we lose bone mass. This can result in fractures and low mechanism injuries.

Source: Jennifer Jerele, MD, Premier Orthopedics