When can breaking your wrist be a good thing?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If someone falls and breaks her wrist instead of her hip, it can be a good thing, because it can alert her and her doctor to osteoporosis. But it can also be a sign of something else: that her neurological system is working well. People who fall like a log and break their hips don't put their hands out, indicating that there's some kind of problem getting the message to the brain to stop the fall. (Of course, with a break, you should get a DEXA scan, because it could also be a sign of osteoporosis.)
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

More About this Book

You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

International bestselling authors of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On a Diet give you all the tools and know-how to stay young and defy the ageing process. Drawing lively parallels between your...

Continue Learning about Osteoporosis Symptoms

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
As your bones first become weaker, you will probably not have any symptoms. Once your bones are weak...
More Answers
How can I know if I have osteoporosis?
Harris H. McIlwain, MDHarris H. McIlwain, MD
Osteoporosis has few symptoms in midlife. It is estimated that less than 10% of people who have ...
More Answers
What are the warning signs for osteoporosis in the back?
Harris H. McIlwain, MDHarris H. McIlwain, MD
While other back problems may have early warning signs, often osteoporosis is not detected until a f...
More Answers
Why are osteoporotic fractures of the vertebra so problematic?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
One in five women who break a vertebra of the spine will have another spinal fracture within the yea...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.