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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.

Sudden, severe back pain, especially in older women, often signifies a spinal compression fracture -- a sign of weak bones. So get that back pain checked out.

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

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.

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

Complications

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.

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.

Work closely with your doctor to ensure speedy healing of your bone fracture. And, talk to your doctor about steps you might take to prevent another fracture in the future.

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.

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