Weak, brittle bones. That is the primary result of a condition called osteoporosis, or bone loss. This progressive disease puts those who have it at an increased risk of fracture. Read on for more about this condition that affects all ages, but is most common among those over 50.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown
  • Risk factors include:
    • Age
    • Female
    • Genetics/heredity
    • Lifestyle
    • Medications
    • Nutrition
    • Other illnesses
    • Small, thin frame

Signs & Symptoms

  • Often no symptoms
  • Easily broken bones
  • Loss of height
  • Pain
  • Stooped posture

Tips & Treatments

  • Osteoporosis means “porous bone.”
  • The best diagnostic tool is a bone density test.
  • This condition can only be treated and managed, not cured.
  • Non-surgical treatment focuses on lifestyle changes including exercise, nutrition, prescription vitamins and fall prevention education.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.