It was the second game of a double header and Brandon Kelly was 15 pitches in. The pitcher got the sign from the catcher and delivered a side arm slider. "My elbow popped and my arm just 'fell,'" said Brandon, 14, who was pitching for a Marian Catholic High School baseball game in April when he was injured.
More than 2 million Americans age 50 or older suffer fragility fractures — broken bones related to osteoporosis — every year. Fragility fractures are seven times as common as heart attacks. The snap, crackle and pop of middle-aged bones is epidemic, said Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, chair of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine.
Most days you can find Keith Affeld working in his yard or tinkering with his 1940 Chevy sedan. Having worked in a steel mill for 43 years, he is no stranger to the rigors of physical labor. At 65, he still mows his own lawn. “Throughout my career I’ve done a lot of lifting, turning, twisting, climbing and hammering, never suffering from more than a minor muscular backache,” he explained. However, that all changed in October 2014, when Affeld reached down to pick a weed from his wife’s flower garden.