Why did I break a bone from a fall, slip or trip?

Some people think their broken bone was normal – that it could happen to anyone.

Think about whether you would have broken a bone -- falling the way you did or doing what you were doing -- when you were 20 years old?

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Listen to others like you...

Patient

“When I fell down, it was slippery,
and so I thought it was an accident. So it was very interesting to me that they said: ‘No, you are over 50 and therefore you should check that out,’ because I would not have related the two.”

Factors that affect your bones

Age

Sex

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication

IT’S NOT NORMAL TO BREAK A BONE FALLING FROM A STANDING HEIGHT OR LOWER.

A broken bone is called a fracture and if it occurs under these circumstances, it may be a warning sign of osteoporosis.

  • trip, slip or have a minor fall
  • pick up a child or an object
  • make a bed
  • cough or sneeze
  • perform a simple task

Osteoporosis

  • Means you have low bone density
  • Increases the risk of broken bones
  • Can be inherited
  • Occurs in both men and women
  • Risk of osteoporosis increases with age
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WITHOUT TESTING AND TREATMENT, PEOPLE WITH OSTEOPOROSIS ARE AT RISK OF BREAKING MORE BONES.