Fragility Fractures of the Pelvis
Because of longer life expectancy, the number of elderly persons is rapidly increasing in industrialized countries. The number of age-related diseases and injuries is increasing accordingly. A Nationwide Inpatient Sample from the United States, which recorded >600 million Medicare-paid hospital discharges from 1993 to 2010, showed a 24% increase in pelvic fractures during this period1. Similarly, a recent Finnish study demonstrated that the age-adjusted incidence of pelvic fractures increased from 73 to 364 per 100,000 persons with an age of ≥80 years2. The authors of that study calculated that the number of low-energy pelvic fractures in that population will be 2.4 times higher in 2030 than it was in 2013. Pelvic fractures have a major impact on the quality of life of the elderly as they lead to intense pain, immobility, and loss of independence.