If you have broken a bone easily it may be a sign that your bones are fragile. Not all broken bones are an indication of bone fragility – those of concern occur after mild trauma such as a fall from a standing height or less.
As we age, our bones become more fragile. The mesh-like structures inside begin to break down, making them less able to resist impact from knocks and minor falls. This means a slip on the ice, or a trip over the rug can result in a broken bone. Fractures of particular concern are:
Osteoporosis itself does not affect the healing process and isn’t a painful condition. Broken bones, however, often result in significant pain.
If you’ve suffered a fracture and meet any or all of the criteria above, you should investigate whether you are at risk of further fractures.
Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about:
From this information, you and your doctor can analyse your risk of fracture and identify relevant treatment options. If you are at high risk, your doctor may recommend a drug treatment, which could reduce your risk of breaking further bones by as much as half.
If you are falling frequently, let your doctor know. They can offer advice on staying steady, and put you in touch with a local specialist falls clinic.
The good news is that we can all take steps to improve our bone health and help prevent fractures.
Give yourself the best possible chance by staying positive and:
Weight-bearing exercise refers to any physical activity where you are supporting your own weight. For example, walking or standing press-ups are both weight-bearing. Swimming, where you’re supported by the water, is not.
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Speak to your GP if: