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Did You Know, In 2019, About 178 Million New Fracture Cases Were Reported Worldwide?1
At times when enough force is applied, the bones can break, resulting in bone fractures.2 The leading causes of bone fractures include:
Fracture Due To Trauma:
Trauma is the most common cause of fracture. A fall from height, motor car accident, or direct blow while playing sports can result in a fracture due to trauma to the bone.2
Fracture Due To Overuse:
Repetitive motions and overuse caused by simple daily activities, such as intense jogging or running, can lead to fractures due to indirect pressure created on bones. It is a form of stress fracture and mainly affects athletes.2
Fracture Due To Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis is a bone condition that can weaken the bones and lead to an increased risk of bone fractures.2
As you age, your bones begin to weaken, and the risk of developing fractures increases. Although both men and women are prone to fractures, women have a higher risk of developing fractures because of increased bone loss at menopause.3
In India, around 20 million individuals are hospitalized each year because of injuries.4 Hence, it’s crucial to understand the causes and risk factors of fractures.
Certain factors can increase your risk of fractures. These include3
Excessive Alcohol Consumption
High Doses of Steroids
Chronic Disorders - Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
1. Ai-Min Wu, Catherine Bisignano, Spencer L James, et al. Global, regional, and national burden of bone fractures in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, The Lancet Healthy Longevity, Volume 2, Issue 9, 2021, Pages e580-e592, ISSN 2666-7568.
2. AAOS. Orthoinfo. Fractures. Types of Fracture. [Internet] [Cited 17 Jan 2022] Available from: orthoinfo.aaos.org
3. American Bone Health. Fracture Risk Factors. [Internet] [Cited 17 Jan 2022]. Available from: americanbonehealth.org
4. National Health Portal of India. World Trauma Day. [Internet] [Cited 17 Jan 2022]. Available from: