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Arm Fractures Among Elderly Indicate a Great Risk of Hip Fracture

Elderly women are 5 times more likely than the general population to experience a broken hip in the 12 months following an arm fracture. Research is recognizing that older people including men are at greater risk for fall related fractures because their bones are generally more brittle. Cited studies indicated 25% of patients who suffer hip fracture survive less than 1 year.

The relationship between arm and hip fractures is not understood. Both fractures stem from the fact that when patients age their reflexes slow down.

As a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon I have been aware of the extremely high rate of death in the 1st year following a hip fracture.