This is defined as a fracture from standing height or less and includes vertebral fracture that may result in spinal deformity.
A previous fragility fracture is a strong independent risk factor for further fracture and is considered an indication for osteoporosis treatment without the need for bone mineral density measurement.
Reduced bone density is a major risk factor for fragility fracture. Other factors that may affect the risk of fragility fracture include the use of oral or systemic glucocorticoids, age, sex, previous fractures and family history of osteoporosis. Because of increased bone loss after the menopause in women, and age related bone loss in both women and men, the prevalence of osteoporosis increases markedly with age, from 2% at 50 years to more than 25% at 80 years in women. As the longevity of the population increases, so will the incidence of osteoporosis and fragility fracture.
Fragility fractures occur most commonly in the spine (vertebrae), hip (proximal femur) and wrist (distal radius)
Osteoporotic fractures are defined as fractures associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) and include clinical spine, forearm, hip and shoulder fractures
Last reviewed 01/2018