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What do you need to know about wrist fractures due to osteoporosis?

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This often happens when you land on your outstretched hand as you try to stop yourself from hitting the ground after a fall.

You'll have symptoms like:

  • Pain, swelling, or bruising in your wrist or the base of your thumb
  • Your wrist bends at an unnatural angle
  • It hurts when you try to grip something in your injured hand

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

UptoDate: "Osteoporotic Thoracolumbar Vertebral Compression Fractures: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment," "Hip Fracture in Adults," "Distal Radius Fractures in Adults."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)," "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

UptoDate: "Osteoporotic Thoracolumbar Vertebral Compression Fractures: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment," "Hip Fracture in Adults," "Distal Radius Fractures in Adults."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)," "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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