Protecting from a bone fracture

Bone fractures at an older age

Many people, especially young children, experience injuries while playing sports.

Those injuries include strains, sprains, and even fractures.

"Fracture is the actual continuity of the bone structure being interrupted," says Dr. Larry Sellers, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center.

A bone can be broken, cracked, bent, or completely crushed, usually due to some sort of trauma.

But for elderly people, bone fractures can occur as a result of other things.

"In older people it can be that the bones aren't strong, and they break spontaneously, sometimes by the weight of a person trying to stand up," says Dr. Sellers.

Dr. Sellers finds this to be common, mostly because the bones are not healthy due to lack of calcium and proteins that make up our bones.

The problem actually starts at a young age.

"Not building up adequate bone density when they are young through lack of activity that stresses the bone, lack of appropriate diet that gives them enough calcium to build bone, and they wind up reaching their mature bone density in their mid-20s but it's lower than is needed," says Dr. Sellers.

It is recommended that we have three servings of dairy a day to get the right amount of calcium.

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