Each year millions of mostly older adults will suffer a devastating hip fracture caused by a simple fall. Millions more will suffer fractures of the wrist, shoulder, pelvis or spine. These fractures are no accident! It is likely that the underlying cause is osteoporosis.
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An individual who has suffered an osteoporotic fracture is twice as likely to suffer a fracture in the future if no diagnosis of osteoporosis has been made and appropriate treatment provided.
Approximately half of all people who have had one osteoporotic fracture will have another, with the risk of additional fractures increasing with each new broken bone.
One in four women who have a new spine fracture will fracture again within one year.
Almost half of the patients who are treated in hospital for a hip fracture have had a previous fracture of some kind.
That first fracture was a warning sign! It should have resulted in immediate screening and, if indicated, management and treatment for osteoporosis.
Sadly, the reality is that most hospitals and clinics fail to ‘capture’ that first fracture – leaving patients open to a future of suffering and debility. Over 80% of fracture patients are never offered screening and/or treatment for osteoporosis, despite the fact that there are effective medications that can reduce fracture risk by as much as 30–70 %.
If you are 50 years or older and have had a fracture you should ask your doctor for a clinical assessment that will include a bone mineral density test and, if available for your country, a fracture risk assessment with the online FRAX calculator (WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool).
Even if you haven’t had a fracture, you should be aware of any other factors that place you at higher risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. Find out what they are, or take the IOF One-Minute Risk Test.
Download the full patient brochure here, and make your first break your last.