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Medical Reference Related to Osteoporosis

  1. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break.

  2. Osteoporosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you: Think you have a broken bone, notice a deformity after a fall, or cannot move a part of your body. Have sudden, severe pain when bearing weight.

  3. Osteoporosis - Home Treatment

    Learn about medications and other steps to take to slow the process and prevent broken bones.

  4. Osteoporosis - Symptoms

    In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).

  5. Osteoporosis - Cause

    During childhood and teen years, new bone grows faster than existing bone is absorbed by the body. After age 30, this process begins to reverse.

  6. Osteoporosis - Other Treatment

    Exercise is an important part of managing osteoporosis. Your health professional may recommend physical therapy. Your physical therapist may teach you how to safely do weight-bearing exercises, which can slow bone loss.

  7. Osteoporosis - Surgery

    Two surgical treatments, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, may relieve persistent pain from spinal compression fractures resulting from osteoporosis.

  8. Osteoporosis - Medications

    Medications are used to both prevent and treat osteoporosis. Some medications slow the rate of bone loss or increase bone thickness. Even small amounts of new bone growth can reduce your risk of broken bones. If you take medication for osteoporosis, you w

  9. Osteoporosis - What Happens

    Learn about bones, how they develop, and the causes of brittle bones and osteoporosis as we get older.

  10. Osteoporosis - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk of osteoporosis increases with age as bones naturally become thinner. After age 30, the rate at which your bone dissolves and is absorbed by the body slowly increases, while the rate of bone building decreases.

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