Resulting in a Compression Fracture
Osteoporosis is a common condition that can cause bones to become very weak and brittle, placing the person at risk for breaking or fracturing their bones after a mild fall or impact — particularly in the hip, wrist, or spine. Osteoporosis occurs when the body’s natural creation of new bone material fails to keep up with the loss of old bone material that is in a constant cycle of being replaced.
The primary cause of osteoporosis is old age, although sex and race are believed to be a significant factor as well.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Early stage osteoporosis is difficult to notice, as any bone loss is nearly impossible to recognize. However, once the bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, signs and symptoms can include:
- Back pain
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture
- Bones that break easily after a mild fall or incident
Osteoporosis Risk Factors
Age, race, lifestyle, and previous medical conditions can all play a role in your risk for developing osteoporosis. For example, Asian and white women are more likely to develop osteoporosis — especially those who are post-menopausal. Additional risk factors include:
- Heavy alcohol use
- Family history
- Small body frame sizes
- Prolonged use of certain medications, such as prednisone
If you’re looking for diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, the staff at the Oklahoma Center for Spine and Pain Solutions would love to see you. Our team is fully equipped to properly diagnose and provide effective treatment options for your osteoporosis — and we are often able to see new patients the same week they contact us.