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The relative importance of osteoporosis and risk of falling in causing hip fracture is not known. Femoral neck bone mass was measured in 708 elderly people, all of whom had fallen and injured a hip. Below 75 years of age there was a steep increase in relative risk of fracture with reduced bone mass, measured by Singh grade. Above that age the increase in risk was small, and neuromuscular responses which protect the skeleton against trauma may be more important than bone mass.

Type

Journal article

Journal

British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)

Publication Date

07/1987

Volume

295

Pages

13 - 15

Keywords

Femur, Humans, Osteoporosis, Femoral Neck Fractures, Risk, Accidents, Accidental Falls, Aging, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male