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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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  • Want to discuss your risk for osteoporosis.
  • Have symptoms of menopause or have completed menopause and want to discuss whether you should take medicine to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Have been treated for a fracture caused by a minor injury, such as a simple fall, and want to discuss your risk of osteoporosis.

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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    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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