Osteoporosis

What’s the first thing you think of when hearing the word “fracture”? Maybe a small break, like the kind your children or grandchildren might get from falling off the monkey bars. They wore a cast for a few weeks, and perhaps needed crutches to get around, while sitting out of gym class while their bone healed. But...

A fractured wrist. A broken hip. Death within a year? That’s how serious a fracture may be. And for someone with osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to thin and become more porous, a fracture can often mean life or death. More than 80 percent of fractures in Canada after age 50 are caused by osteoporosis,...

As you get older, your risk of breaking a bone can increase – especially if you have osteoporosis.  Even something as simple as lifting a heavy grocery bag, bumping your elbow on the car door, or tripping over a curb, can leave you in a cast. What’s even scarier is that your first fracture is unlikely to be your last if...

Suffering from a fracture can dramatically change your day-to-day life. Osteoporotic fractures can cause an independent, active individual to become stationary, cautious, or fully reliant on others. After a fracture, everyday tasks that were once taken for granted may be rendered impossible as your mobility...

Do you always follow your doctor’s advice? You might be surprised to learn that many people do not. For someone with osteoporosis for example, following a physician-directed treatment plan might seem like an obvious or easy thing to do, but it’s not always as simple as one might think. One study found that only 50...

The Fragile Truth about Fragility Fractures You may not have heard of fragility fractures, but there’s a chance you’ve heard of osteoporosis – a condition that causes your bones to be more brittle. The two actually go hand in hand, as fragility fractures are a common consequence of osteoporosis, and can have serious...

Getting diagnosed with osteoporosis isn’t like getting the flu. You can’t just curl up with a blanket and some chicken soup, take a few days off work and let the virus run its course. Osteoporosis is a disease that stays with you for the rest of your life. If you have osteoporosis, it’s normal to want to put the problem...

It’s scary but true: as you age, your body might turn against you. Everyday activities such as bringing in the groceries or a simple trip and fall can pose threats in the form of fracturing a wrist or ankle. No matter how minor the injury seems, gone are the days where you could just brush yourself off and resume your...