Osteoporosis: What are the indications of a fracture?

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The hips, spine and the wrist are the usual locations for a fracture to occur among those who have osteoporosis. In such cases, it is vital that you know what to expect.

Common fractures among those with osteoporosis

Wrist fracture

This fracture often occurs if an individual land on his/her outstretched hand to thwart a fall. The injury is characterized by the following:

  • Swelling, pain or bruising in the wrist or the base of the thumb
  • Wrist flexes at an unusual angle
  • There is discomfort or pain when attempting to hold an object using the injured hand

Spinal compression fracture

Fracture
Swelling, pain or bruising in the wrist or the base of the thumb.

This involves a break in one or more vertebrae. If an individual has osteoporosis, simple movements such as bending, lifting or even coughing can cause it. In case the compression fracture is trivial and develops gradually, the individual might have no symptoms. In such cases, it can recuperate on its own.

Remember that pain often occurs with a compression fracture. It is usually felt throughout the spine, usually in the middle part up to the lower back. It often worsens while standing or being seated for long periods of time and settles when lying down.

Hip fracture

Some of the warning indications of this type of fracture include the following:

  • Hip pain
  • Bruising or swelling
  • The leg on the affected side appears shorter or twisted
  • Unable to walk or stand normally

Remember that the pain tends to vary. Some might only experience minimal discomfort or it can be intense that it affects the ability of the individual to walk.

Oftentimes, the hip bones are weakened from osteoporosis where minimal activity can trigger a hairline fracture. With this form of fracture, the individual can still stand and walk but there is pain in the bottom, groin, thigh or knee.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on fractures due to osteoporosis is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage fractures caused by osteoporosis, register for a first aid and CPR course with one of our training providers.

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