Represent a Significant Societal Problem
Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the United States among older adults with over 2 million fractures each year - more than heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer combined.
Continue to Increase
At least 44 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density. 4,5 Due to an aging population, the number of Americans with osteoporosis or low bone density is expected to increase significantly. Up to one-half of all women and up to one quarter of all men will suffer fragility fractures in their lifetimes.
Result in Enormous Costs
Direct care expenditure from osteoporosis-related fractures exceeds $19 billion annually. By 2025, the annual cost of fractures is projected to grow to more than $25 billion, as annual fractures surpass 3 million.
Approximately 80% of patients do not receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fracture. Men, who account for 30% of fractures and 25% of costs, are particularly undertreated.
Cause an Unnecessary and Devastating Toll
Nearly 25% of patients who suffer a hip fracture die within a year. Those who do survive often experience a loss of independence and may require long-term nursing home care.
Are the First Sign of Poor Bone Health
One of the best indicators for a future fracture is a previous fragility fracture. Fragility fractures are the first sign of poor bone health. Patients with a fragility fracture are at an 86% higher risk of a second fracture.
Provide a "Teachable Moment"
Fragility fractures, as sentinel events, provide opportunities for clinicians to educate patients, fellow physicians and other healthcare providers about the importance of bone health and osteoporosis treatment.