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    Where are the common sites of osteoporotic fractures?

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    Emma McDonough

    Physiotherapist

    About:I have graduated from Newcastle University in 2011with a degree in physiotherapy. I have a keen interest in women’s and men’s health. I have attended … View Profile

    Osteoporotic fractures can occur in the spine, facet joint areas, or particularly the lumbar spine. Also within the plates of the knees and tibia fractures.
    I have seen more knee and spine osteoporotic fractures than I have many other areas.
    They occur particularly in the joints because most forces go through the joints. So ankles, knees or shoulder if you're unlucky, but lower lumbar spine.

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    Dr Irwin Lim

    Rheumatologist

    Irwin completed his Rheumatology training in 2003. The majority of his time is spent treating inflammatory arthritis and in particular rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthritis. … View Profile

    Any bone can be affected by osteoporosis.But the most common sites affected are the hip, the spine, the upper arm, the pelvis, the ribs and the wrists. At the spine, the vertebrae can crush and lead to increasing stoop or a hump. This can be silent, meaning that, it occurs without pain.Fractures at the other sites typically cause pain and disability. 

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