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 fractures don’t just happen to kids. And if you’re at risk for osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, a small fracture could mean losing much more than playtime. For someone with osteoporosis, a fracture can often lead to major, unexpected lifestyle changes.
Think about it: a fractured hip or spine, two of the most common types of osteoporotic fracture, means severely limited mobility – potentially confining you to your home – or worse, stranded on the couch. Even fracturing a smaller bone, such as your wrist, has the ability to render you unable to accomplish everyday tasks. Things like cooking and showering wouldn’t be possible without the help of friends, family members, or hired in-home care, but these options aren’t always feasible for everyone.
Osteoporosis causes your bones to become thin, porous, and weak, leading to an increased risk of breaking a bone. It is often called the “silent thief”, as there’s no way of knowing that you have it until a fracture occurs. But this silent thief takes away more than just mobility. It takes away your independence.
The best way to prevent osteoporotic fractures is by seeing your doctor. They are able to provide recommendations that can help reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures. Take our quiz to find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis.