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An osteoporotic fracture is one of the more common negative results of the onset of osteoporosis. It makes sense, considering osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones due to deterioration or low bone mass. As bone after bone becomes weaker, heavy impacts can be much more damaging.

Of course, a fracture is always unwelcome and we’d all like to be able to go our entire lives without one. But because they are such a big part of living with this disease, it’s important to understand why they happen, and what your treatment options are.

Osteoporotic Fractures: Under The Microscope

There are more than 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis in 2018. Of the total number of women over the age of 50 in the country, half will experience an osteoporotic fracture at some point in their lives. A quarter of all men of this age will have a similar experience.

But What Are the Risk Factors?

  1. Low body-weight
  2. Cigarette and drug habits, like alcohol, epilepsy medication, or steroids
  3. Congenital osteoporosis history
  4. Postmenopause
  5. Inactivity
  6. Deficient calcium intake
  7. Prior low-trauma vertebral body fractures

Patients with concerns about osteoporosis and fractures they think may be caused by the condition often opt for bone density screenings. This can help them gauge their personal risk levels.

Life After An Osteoporotic Fracture

Osteoporotic fractures can be very frustrating, but there are options. Through careful living and immediate attention, patients can avoid and react to fractures efficiently. Moreover, they can invest in implants to help guide and aid their bone recovery.

Toby Orthopaedics is a premium supplier of high-end orthopedic implants for long bone and proximal humerus fractures, as well as flexor tendon repairs. Visit us today, to find out more about our awesome product line, and discover orthopedic solutions that stand out from the competition.