If You Fracture...

Spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis are not always easy to diagnose. If you have sudden, severe back pain (especially if you have fallen) or pain following bending or twisting movements, seek medical attention immediately. Let those treating you know that you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Initially some fractures can be very painful. In the case of a hip fracture, surgery is required along with a period of recovery. Spinal fractures, called “compression fractures,” cannot be surgically repaired; like all broken bones, they need time to heal and will be painful for a period of six to eight weeks.

If you do fracture, you will want to receive the right kind of medical attention in order to ensure that your fracture heals properly. This will enable you to return more quickly to the activities of daily living after your visit to the emergency room or fracture clinic. A physiotherapist who is knowledgeable about osteoporosis and trained in rehabilitation therapy is a good resource for helping you recover from a fracture.  They understand body mechanics, can help manage the pain associated with fractures and help individuals improve mobility and posture.


More about Living Well with Osteoporosis:

Information on Falls and Daily Living

 Information on Fractures and Resources

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