Why fractures are dangerous for old people?
There’s nothing pleasant in the thought of breaking a bone, especially as we get older and our recovery is not as quick as it was before. What frightens us even more is fracture of bones on which our mobility depends on, like hip, pelvis or spine. How do the fractures occur and what is connection between bone breaking and osteoporosis?
Falling is still the main reason for the majority of fractures. Wrist fractures are usually acquired because of the natural reflexes that make us instinctively throw our hand towards the surface of impact as we fall, and this have nothing to do with weak and fragile bones. However as we age our reflexes become more and more sluggish, resulting in us falling on the hips.
The severity of hip fractures and the reason why many elder people are so frightened about it is because they can debilitate our health and cause a negative effect on quality of life. Breaking hip bone after 75 usually means that this person won’t be able to recover fully enough to return back to usual activity. But bone fragility is not the contributing factor in hip fractures – most of them are caused by fall in different circumstances, not just some spontaneous bone breakage.
However statistic shows that almost 85% of people turning 50 won`t have a hip fracture, no matter how healthy or weak their bones are. And after reaching that milestone you can protect yourself by wearing aerodynamic hip pads under your clothes that are comfortable and convenient, yet proven to prevent hip bone fractures.
We won`t discuss breakage of the back bone that can only be acquired by accidents in rather extreme conditions and has nothing to do with age or bone osteoporosis, but rather focus on spinal deformity caused by fractures in the vertebrae. Although we are all daunted about the thought of losing height and getting hump in the old age because of osteoporosis, in reality, however, this is unrelated to the bone weakening. The main reason of height loss is a spinal compression, when the soft tissue between vertebrae gradually wears off. Regarding to the hump, our spine can develop curvature due to the small hairline fractures in vertebrae. However the chance of getting this condition for elders under 80 is extremely rare.