Rate of Hip Fractures Drops | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

One unfortunate consequence of osteoporosis is hip fractures. Thankfully, for the past two decades the rate of hip fractures has fallen drastically in Canada. A very similar pattern has been occurring in the United States. However, the cause of these trends is unknown. Factors that may be reasons as to why the rate of hip fractures is dropping include drugs that decrease the speed of bone loss, fall prevention, and a larger population.

Here’s a video illustrating the physical challenges associated with hip fractures…

In 2003, the number of Americans that were treated for a broken hip was 209,000 compared to 1993, when it was 225,000. By taking a certain class of drugs called bisphosphonates, which decrease the rate of bone loss, you can lower your risk of a hip fracture. Another factor that researchers came across is that by being thin, you have a higher risk for osteoporosis and hip fractures.

Hip fractures are common in the elderly, so our firm has represented numerous clients with this type of serious injury. Broken pelvis bones often happen in slip, trip, or fall cases in stores, restaurants, and any other businesses. Any decrease in this type of problem is welcome news.

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