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What is a fragility fracture?

Fragility fractures are low-impact bone fractures caused by low bone mineral density known as osteoporosis. This type of fracture often occurs from a fall from a standing position or other low impact trauma. The most common site of fragility fractures (also called osteoporotic fractures) are the veterbra (backbone), femur (thigh bone) and bones of the wrist.
Faisal M. Mirza, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Fragility fractures are caused by weak bones, and occur when you fall from a standing height or less, says orthopedic surgeon Faisal Mirza, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. Learn more in this video.

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