When a bone is in a weakened state, as in the case of osteoporosis, just about anything⎯including a strong sneeze or low-energy fall⎯can result in a fracture. Easily broken bones like these are known as fragility fractures. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Osteoporosis

Signs & Symptoms

  • Apparent deformity or break
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Inability or limited ability to move limb
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tingling

Tips & Treatments

  • In addition to treating the fracture with slinging, splinting or casting and physical therapy, the underlying cause (bone loss due to osteoporosis) also must be addressed.
  • Non-surgical treatment for osteoporosis focuses on lifestyle changes including exercise, nutrition, prescription vitamins and fall prevention education.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.