Pathologic fractures are those caused by disease (such as cancer) that weakens the bones and can occur with little or no trauma. Osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones thin and lose strength as they age, causes 1.5 million fractures each year in the U.S. -- especially in the hip, wrist, and spine.
Call Your Doctor About a Broken Bone If:
You think that you or someone you're with may have fractured a bone. This is a medical emergency.