What is a fragility fracture?

Fragility Fracture

  • A broken bone from a slip, trip or fall from standing height is called a fragility fracture.
  • A fragility fracture may be the first sign that your bones are weak and thin and will break easily.


  • A fracture and a broken bone are the same thing. A fracture is a break, crack, split or chip in your bone.
  • One fracture greatly increases your risk of having another one
  • Fractures can be devastating and may lead to: fear (of falling, of physical activity), social isolation, depression, chronic pain, disability, hospitalization & long-term care, and even death

Healthy Bones

  • Healthy bones do not break from a simple event like a fall from standing height