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Osteoporosis Health Center

Symptoms & Types

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Osteoporosis often starts silently and may not be found until a bone fractures. But sometimes, symptoms appear. Learn about the types and symptoms of osteoporosis.

Symptoms

Osteoporosis can be a silent disease, but many patients suffer symptoms such as pain and height loss. Read a brief description of osteoporosis symptoms.

Warning Signs

Many people have thinned bones and don’t know it. Osteopenia is mildly thin bones that are heading towards osteoporosis. Learn more about how osteopenia is detected and treated.

Types

Did you know there are different types of osteoporosis? Men and women of all ethnic groups can develop osteoporosis. So can children and teenagers.

Osteoporosis rarely affects children. But when it does, it’s usually due to a medical condition or medication. It’s a significant problem because it occurs during the child’s prime bone-building years. Those rare cases are called juvenile osteoporosis. Read about it in this brief article.

While a woman's risk of developing osteoporosis increases with age -- and menopause is a key risk factor for osteoporosis -- premenopausal osteoporosis or bone loss that happens before menopause is not uncommon and can result in painful, debilitating fractures.

Complications

Osteoporosis develops when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone. Bones become weak and brittle and are more likely to fracture.

Having a fracture, or even seeing yourself as more "fragile" than you once thought you were, can lead to a negative body image, poor self-esteem, and a sense of limitations in activity and mobility.

Osteoporosis and bone disease often result in painful and debilitating fractures. These injuries can have significant long-term consequences, leaving the individuals with chronic pain, loss of height, and impaired ability to do the things they need to do to care for themselves, such as dress, bathe, walk, and take care of their household.

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful, and sometimes the pain and disability lasts for months. Physical activity helps contribute to bone health. Read article on handling chronic pain.

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful, and sometimes the pain and disability lasts for months. Physical activity helps contribute to bone health. Read article on handling chronic pain.

Bone Fractures

Osteoporosis bone fractures are responsible for considerable pain, decreased quality of life, lost workdays, and disability.

When bones are brittle, everyday activities can trigger minor spinal compression fractures. When you bend to lift an object, miss a step, or slip on a carpet, you can put your spinal bones at risk of fracture.

The spine, hips, and wrist are the most common places for a fracture when you have osteoporosis. Here's what to expect if it happens to you.

To prevent future spinal compression fractures, it's also important to treat the osteoporosis that likely caused your fracture and begin building stronger bones.

You may have done your best to prevent a broken bone caused by osteoporosis. Or maybe you didn't even know your bones were at risk. Either way, your fracture can heal, and you can work closely with your doctor to avoid it ever happening again.

 Fractures in individuals over the age of 50 can be the first sign of weak bones from osteoporosis or low bone mass. 

Many people -- especially those with osteoporosis -- have severe back pain that's caused by spine fractures. A fractured spine can be extremely painful and also result in disfigurement and immobility.

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful, and sometimes the pain and disability lasts for months. Physical activity helps contribute to bone health. Read article on handling chronic pain.

Compression fractures usually heal on their own in about 3 months. While that happens, your doctor may suggest you try some things at home that can make you feel better, such as pain medicines, rest, physical therapy, or a back brace.

It's natural to want to return to your regular activities as soon as possible after surgery. But a lot depends on the type of operation you get.

It's easy to fracture your ankle. Miss a step and fall, or twist your foot on the tennis court, and you're down for the count. If you've got osteoporosis, you're at extra risk for breaking a bone.

Your bones are more likely to break when they’re weak and brittle due to osteoporosis. Even a minor fall can lead to a fractured hip or pelvis. But if you get the right treatment quickly, you can get back on your feet and return to your regular activities.

See your doctor right away if you fall and hurt your shoulder. If it's broken, quick treatment can speed your recovery.

When you have osteoporosis and break your wrist or forearm, your treatment options mainly depend on the kind of fracture you have.

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