Fragility fracture overview

9 million new fragility fractures occurred worldwide in year 2000, including 1.6 million hip fractures

Fragility fractures are usually the result of fall by an individual who has osteoporosis - the most common chronic bone disease - which affects over 200 million people globally

As almost half a billion people turn 65 years of age during the next 20 years, the incidence of fragility fractures is set to increase dramatically, particularly in Asia and Latin America

The population of the world is ageing, and it is ageing fast. As a direct result the prevalence of chronic disease will increase significantly in the coming decades. And osteoporosis – or, more precisely, the fragility fractures it causes in combination with the propensity to fall – will be a leading cause of the surge in demand for acute care of older people.

The links below summarise current knowledge of the global epidemiology of fragility fractures and the burden that they impose upon people who suffer them and healthcare budgets. Please note that a fully referenced PDF version of the content of the FFN Fracture Care Resources Centre is available for download from here.