Epidemiology

Acute long bone fractures primarily result from significant trauma. Motor vehicle accidents, sport injury, falls, and assaults are among the most common causes of these injuries. Previous data for all types of fractures have shown an annual incidence of 21 fractures per 1000 people per year in the US, with a higher incidence in males than in females.[1] Similar data have been reported for Norway and the UK.[1] As implementation of orthopaedic implants has progressed, periprosthetic fracture rates have similarly risen. As more women have become more active in sport, their incidence of sport-related fractures has also increased.

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