A new study supports widespread evidence that individuals who have suffered a fracture are at significantly increased risk of subsequent hip fractures.
In fact, previous studies have shown that half of patients presenting with hip fractures have suffered a prior fracture. The study was presented at the IOF Regionals 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Hong Kong.
Researchers T.-L. Huang and C.-W. Chen from the China Medical University in Chinese Taipei, studied whether Colles' fracture (fracture of the distal radius in the forearm, i.e. wrist fracture) increased hip fracture risk within one year, in an Asian population.
The results showed that hip-fracture incidence in the Colles' fracture cohort, was six times higher than that of the comparison cohort (56.0 vs 9.3 per 10,000 person-years). Other findings showed that hip-fracture incidence among the fracture group was highest within one month after the Colles' fracture and that hip-fracture incidence increased with age. Both Colles' fracture and osteoporosis were significant independent factors that predicted hip fracture.