Fractures are generally caused by trauma. This condition can occur at any age if the trauma is very severe or if any other degenerative conditions are present. The severity of the trauma required to create a fracture can vary depending on factors like age and bone strength. The combination of degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and traumatic injuries can increase the possibility of fractures. Conditions like osteoporosis may cause our bones to gradually lose strength and density as we age, which is why the elderly are more likely to suffer fractures as a result of a fall or other injury.