Osteoporosis is a type of bone disorder characterized by bones that become gradually thinner, losing their strength and becoming more susceptible to breakage. Those suffering from the condition tend to have a greater risk of developing fractures.
The bones of a sufferer can become so brittle that they fracture even during routine movements like coughing or bending. The wrist, spine, and hip are the most common types of fractures occurring in those with the disorder.
Osteoporosis can have a tremendous negative impact upon the sufferer, including loss of independence. When a bone fracture involves the hip, the condition may even prove fatal. Hip fractures are notoriously difficult to heal and can dramatically reduce the patient’s mobility, leading to various complications and related health problems.
Women develop this bone disorder much more frequently than men due to certain hormonal changes that can develop after menopause.
Those who are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition:
- Are female and age 50 or older
- Are postmenopausal
- Have a sedentary lifestyle
- Have a family history of the disorder
People suffering from osteoporosis may not have any symptoms or even be aware that they have the condition until they develop a fracture or undergo a bone density test. An early sign of osteoporosis can be height loss due to compression of the spine or spinal curvature. This is due to weakened vertebra when they develop tiny fractures as a result of compression.
When patients develop compression fractures, the bones making up the spinal column begin to vertically collapse. When this occurs, vertebra grow shorter and individual vertebra change shape from a rectangle to a more triangular shape.
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