This page is a printable version of: https://www.iow.nhs.uk/Patients-and-Visitors/patient-safety/patient-safety/reducing-patient-falls/osteoporosis.htm
Date: 19 September 2021
Osteoporosis is a silent bone thinning condition that is usually only diagnosed when a person suffers a fracture as a result of a low-trauma fall. Ladies and gentleman over the age of 50 years old are most at risk of developing osteoporosis. Areas of the body that are the most at risk of fracture due to osteoporosis are the wrist, hip and spine.
Any person over the age of 50 who sustains a fracture from a fall of standing height or less (except the fingers and toes) should be assessed for osteoporosis. Speak to your GP or health care professional. For more information to find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis go to Are you at risk of osteoporosis? Take the test.
For further information about maximising the health of your bones go to Royal Osteoporosis Society.