Fragility Fractures


Lead Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD
Nicole C. Wright, PhD, MPH

Osteoporosis can be clinically diagnosed in individuals who have had a fragility fracture, irrespective of BMD,1 particularly if the fracture occurs at the hip or spine. Fragility fractures are used to measure the burden of osteoporosis, since osteoporosis in and of itself exhibits no clinical presentations such as pain or debility.


  • 1. Siris ES, Adler R, Bilezikian J, et al.: The clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis: A position statement from the National Bone Health Alliance Working Group. Osteoporos Int 2014 May;25(5):1439-1443. doi: 10.1007/s00198-014-2655-z. Epub 2014 Feb 28.


  • 2014

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