IF YOU HAVE OSTEOPOROSIS, EVEN A MINOR BUMP OR FALL CAN CAUSE A FRACTURE2

A FRACTURE IS A COMPLETE OR PARTIAL BREAK IN A BONE

When you have osteoporosis your bones are more fragile, and even a slight bump or fall can result in a broken bone – these are called fragility fractures.2 Any bone in your body can be affected, but the most common areas are at the hip, wrist and spine.3

FRACTURES DON'T JUST HURT

BROKEN BONES CAN HAVE A VERY SERIOUS IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND YOU4

  • Approximately 25% of patients who break their hip die within one year, and less than half of survivors are able to function like they used to.
  • Recovery can take a long time and it affects your ability to do every day things like grocery shopping, showering and playing with grandchildren.
  • In fact, one year after a hip fracture, 60% of people still need help feeding, dressing or bathing, and 80% struggle to drive or shop.

FRACTURES TAKE THEIR TOLL ON YOUR INDEPENDENCE5,6

BROKEN BONES ARE NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGEING

While it is normal to lose some bone density, as you get older, it is not normal to have osteoporosis or to get broken bones from minor bumps or falls.7

Each broken bone impacts your quality of life and ability to do everyday things.5,6

Don’t accept broken bones as part of growing old, a broken bone is preventable.8 It’s never too late to take care of your bones.

ONE BROKEN BONE WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER

One fracture will lead to another – once you suffer a broken bone, your risk of a future fractures increases by up to ten times.9 And the risk is greatest in the two years immediately following a fracture.10

Your next fracture could be a broken hip. Did you know that up to 40% of people who suffer a hip fracture have experienced a previous fracture?11

Remember that broken bones can mean osteoporosis, and osteoporosis can be treated.8

RESOURCES

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References

1 Amgen and International Osteoporosis Foundation. Fight the fracture IOF survey. 2017. www.iofbonehealth.org

2 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Capture the Fracture: A global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle. 2012. www.iofbonehealth.org

3 Sambrook P, et al. Lancet 2006;367:2010–18.

4 International Osteoporosis Foundation. The Asia-Pacific regional audit. Epidemiology, costs & burden of osteoporosis in 2013. www.iofbonehealth.org

5 Adachi JD, et al. Mayo Clin Proc 2010;85:806–13.

6 Kerr C, et al. Osteoporos Int 2017;28:1597–607.

7 International Osteoporosis Foundation. It’s not just a broken wrist, it’s a warning sign. 2015. www.iofbonehealth.org

8 Cosman F, et al. Osteoporos Int 2014;25:2359–81.

9 Lyet J. The Journal of Lancaster General Hospital 2006;1.

10 Johansson H, et al. Osteoporos Int 2017;28:775–80.

11 Papaioannou A, et al. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2004;5:11.

12 Cooper C. Am J Med 1997;103:12S–17S; discussion 17S–19S.