A PTSD fracture isn’t a specific type of fracture, but rather refers to the higher likelihood of experiencing a broken bone if you have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. People with PTSD are 1.7 times more likely to have a fracture than those without the condition.
Why Does This Happen?: Stress from PTSD can negatively affect bone strength. The disorder also impacts how well our bodies use calcium, a key element for strong bones.
Bad Habits: Many people with PTSD smoke, which further weakens bones and raises the risk of fractures.
Who is Most at Risk?: Older adults with PTSD, especially those over 60, have a higher risk for certain types of fractures, like those in the spine.
What We Don’t Know: The studies we have are not perfect and don’t account for all variables, such as medication use that might affect bone health.
Understanding this increased risk can help healthcare providers take better care of their PTSD patients, both mentally and physically.