Osteoporosis International

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 254–259

Contribution of Weather to the Seasonality of Distal Forearm Fractures: A Population-Based Study in Rochester, Minnesota

  • S. J. Jacobsen
  • D. J. Sargent
  • E. J. Atkinson
  • W. M. O’Fallon
  • L. J. Melton III
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s001980050145

Cite this article as:
Jacobsen, S., Sargent, D., Atkinson, E. et al. Osteoporos Int (1999) 9: 254. doi:10.1007/s001980050145

Abstract:

Distal forearm fractures due to falls were more frequent in the winter (p<0.0001) among Rochester men and women 35 years of age or older in 1952–89. The winter excess was partially explained by a greater relative risk of distal forearm fractures on days with freezing rain (1.65; 95% CI 1.28–2.13) or snow (1.42; 95% CI 1.17–1.74) among women under 65 years of age and on days with freezing rain (1.63; 95% CI 1.23–2.17) among older women. The greater seasonality of forearm compared with hip fractures is explained by the fact that more of them occur out-of-doors. However, residual effects of season after adjusting for daily weather conditions suggest that other factors may play a role.

Key words:Distal forearm fracture – Epidemiology – Population-based study – Seasons – Weather 

Copyright information

© Internationl Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Jacobsen
    • 1
  • D. J. Sargent
    • 1
  • E. J. Atkinson
    • 1
  • W. M. O’Fallon
    • 1
  • L. J. Melton III
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Sciences Research, Section of Clinical Epidemiology and Section of Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, USAUS

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