What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them porous and fragile, where even mild falls or stresses can cause them to break. It is a common condition affecting around three million people in the UK.
Bone, a living tissue, is constantly being broken down and replaced, however with osteoporosis the creation of new bone is no longer able to keep up with the removal of old bone. Fractures of the wrist, hip and vertebrae are the most common type of breaks for people affected.
Usually it comes with no warning, developing slowly over years. Treatment options include supplements to strengthen the bones and prevent future fractures.
Typically osteoporosis doesn’t cause any symptoms in the early stages. It develops slowly over years, once the bones become porous and weak, it results in a stress fracture, giving first signs of osteoporosis.
Symptoms in more advanced stages include;
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture when the spine is unable to support the weight of the body.
- Bone fractures that occur with even mild stress
Our bones gives us our built, mobility and strength, it is important to look after them.Increasingly, especially as people are aging, bones are losing density becomingporous and fragile over years. It is important to determine your risk of developingosteoporosis, and avoid its long-term consequences such as frequent bone fractures,back pain and a stooped posture, especially if you experience unsual aches andpains.