Osteoporosis-related Vertebral Fragility Fractures: A Review and Analysis of the American Orthopaedic Association's Own the Bone Database

William A. Robinson, Bayard C. Carlson, Heidi Poppendeck, Nathan R. Wanderman, Andrew D. Bunta, Sarah Murphy, Debra L. Sietsema, Scott D. Daffner, Beatrice J. Edwards, Nelson B. Watts, Laura L. Tosi, Paul A. Anderson, Brett A. Freedman*

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Study Design.Retrospective cohort study of the Own the Bone database which is a fracture liaison service designed to improve recognition and treatment of osteoporosis.Objective.To use the Own the Bone (OTB) database to 1) examine the specific demographics of patients presenting with a low-energy clinical vertebral fracture (VFX) and 2) compare demographic and fracture-specific risk factors between patients with clinical VFX versus patients with nonvertebral low-energy fracture (NVFX).Summary of Background Data.Large database studies have described risk factors for developing VFX. It is well described that a history of previous VFX portends an increased risk of future VFX. Few studies have reported cohorts from a fracture liaison service such as the OTB initiative.Methods.35,039 unique cases of fragility fracture occurred between 2009 and 2016 and were included in analysis. VFX accounted for 3395 (9.9%) of the presenting fractures at OTB enrollment. The demographics, lifestyle factors, medication use, and fracture-specific data for patients in the OTB registry with vertebral fractures were summarized and then statistically compared to those with nonvertebral fragility fractures.Results.The majority of VFX patients were Caucasian, postmenopausal women (74.4%). There was an increased likelihood of presenting with a vertebral fracture in patients who sustained a previous VFX after the age of 50, while patients who sustained a prior nonvertebral fracture (NVFX) were more likely to present with a subsequent NVFX. After controlling for patients with a history of fracture after the age of 50, VFX patients (vs. NVFX) were more likely to be age 70-79, class 1 obesity, with a history of taking anti-osteoporotic prescription medications.Conclusions.Multiple factors were associated with a significantly increased risk of VFX compared with NVFX. Understanding the risk factors unique to fragility VFX is a critical component for targeting "at-risk"patients and preventing future osteoporosis-related fractures and their consequences.Level of Evidence: 4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E430-E438
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2020


  • Own the Bone
  • insufficiency fracture
  • osteoporosis
  • vertebral fragility fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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