Ask the doctor
Q I fell on a slippery poolside on holiday and broke my wrist. The local hospital was brilliant and I am back home and in plaster. Friends tell me I should speak to my doctor about a scan. What do you think? A I agree with your friends. If you break a bone after quite a minor injury, you should have a special DEXA scan which looks at bone density. A normal x-ray often won’t pick up thinning of the bones. Factors that increase the risk of brittle-bone disease (osteoporosis) include being post-menopausal, underweight, smoking, drinking to excess and long-term steroid use.
Minor fractures can be a sign that you are suffering from osteoporosis