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Hip Fractures

Falls are the leading cause of hip fractures:

  • Over 350,000 hip fractures occur each year (1)
  • Osteoporosis related fractures cost approx. $17b (2005) and hip fractures account for 72% of costs (2)
  • Osteoporosis related fractures result in over 180,000 nursing home admissions annually (2)
  • Approximately 90% of hip fractures are the result of a fall (3)
  • 9.9 million Americans have Osteoporosis and an additional 43.1 million have low bone density (2)
  • 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture (4)
  • For those who suffer a fractured hip recovery can be lengthy - 40% will be unable to walk independently and 60% will require assistance a year later (5)
  • Over 20% of those who suffer a hip fracture die within 12 months (6)
  • 25% of hip fractures occur in those under the age of 65 (7)
  • The World Health Organization recommend hip protectors. (8)
 
  1. Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost. Rosemont, IL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 2008.
  2. The Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. National Osteoporosis Foundation (April 2014)
  3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html/
  4. IOF (International Osteoporosis Foundation) http://www.iofbonehealth.org/avoiding-falls
  5. Magaziner J, Simonsick EM, Kashner TM, et al. (1990) Predictors of functional recovery one year following hospital discharge for hip fracture: a prospective study. J Gerontol 45:M101.
  6. Cooper C, Atkinson EJ, Jacobsen SJ, et al. (1993) Population-based study of survival after osteoporotic fractures. Am J Epidemiol 137:1001.
  7. IOF (international Osteoporosis Foundation) http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics
  8. WHO (World Health Organization) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/


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