One new Vertebral Fracture occurs every 22 seconds1-2

Vertebral fractures are the most common osteoporotic fracture. Vertebral fractures are frequently caused by routine activities such as bending forward, twisting and/or lifting light objects. Falls are also associated with vertebral fractures.

The prevalence (the number of fractures at any one time in a community) of vertebral fractures is similar in men and women. In men this is thought to be occupation associated. However the incidence (number of new fractures) of vertebral fracture is about one-third higher in women than men between 50-60 years, and doubles after age 70.

Of particular importance, a vertebral fracture occurs every 22 seconds worldwide with 20 – 25% of Caucasian women and men over 50 years having a prevalent vertebral fracture. The occurrence of vertebral fractures increases with age, such that an estimated 50% of women over 80 years has a prevalent vertebral fracture.

  1. The breaking spine, International Osteoporosis foundation report 2010.
  2. Ström O, Borgström F, Kanis J et al. Osteoporosis: burden, health care provision and opportunities in the EU 5. Arch Osteoporos 2011;6(1-2):59-155.