Osteoporosis can lead to serious problems like fractures, chronic pain, and depression. Read more about the complications of osteoporosis and related conditions.
Your body constantly builds new bone to replace the old. But with Paget's disease, this happens too fast and gives your bones an odd shape.
Many people with osteoporosis don’t realize they have the disease, so they’re not doing anything to treat it. But the threat of broken bones from it is real and can lead to chronic pain and other health problems.
When you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis, it can change the way you feel. Learn more about the emotional toll of osteoporosis.
Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful, and sometimes the pain and disability lasts for months. Learn about your options for managing chronic pain.
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.
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.
To prevent future spinal compression fractures, it's also important to treat the osteoporosis that likely caused your fracture and begin building stronger bones.
Especially in people over 50, fractures can be the first sign of weak bones from osteoporosis or low bone mass.
Spine fractures, also called vertebral compression fractures, can cause severe back pain that makes it hard to stand, walk, sit, or lift objects.
The main symptom you’ll notice with a spinal compression fracture is back pain. It may start gradually and get worse over time or come on suddenly and sharply.
Some fractures can heal on their own. Others may require you to see an orthopedic doctor, a physiatrist, or a physical or occupational therapist.
Compression fractures often 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.
Learn what you can expect during recovery from surgery for spinal compression fractures.
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.
What are the options for repairing a broken ankle when you have osteoporosis?
You may need surgery or even a hip replacement after breaking your hip. A pelvic fracture is less serious -- you probably won't need surgery, but may need to use crutches or a walker.