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    Osteoporosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor right away 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.

    Call your doctor for an appointment if you:

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    If you are nearing age 65, have osteopenia, or think that you are at high risk for osteoporosis, talk with your doctor about your concerns.

    Watchful waiting

    If you do not have any risk factors for osteoporosis and you are already taking preventive measures, such as taking adequate calcium and vitamin D, you may only need routine screening.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and risk of osteoporosis include:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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