Fractures related to thinning of the bone up dramatically

September 28, 2009

Osteoporosis refers to thinning and weakening of the bone; this raises the risk for serious and life threatening fractures of the hip and spine. According to a recently published US government report the number of Americans hospitalized for fractures related to thinning bones has jumped substantially with a 55% increase over a ten-year period. In 2006, 254,000 Americans were hospitalized because they had a serious fracture related to the bone thinning condition osteoporosis – with fractures of the spine and hip ranking high up among the most common.

The researchers feel that the following could be part of the reason why there is a jump in injuries;  

The report out of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRC) showed that 89% of brittle bone related hospital stays were in women, and that adults over the age of 65 accounted for about 90% of these stays.