Osteoporosis is a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among people who are old.Bones that commonly break include the back bones, the bones of the forearm, and the hip.Until a broken bone occurs there are typically no symptoms. Bones may weaken to such a degree that a break may occur with minor stress or spontaneously. Chronic pain and a decreased ability to carry out normal activities may occur following a broken bone. Back pain, Loss of height and stooped posture, A curved upper back (dowager's hump), Broken bones (fractures) that might occur with a minor injury, especially in the hip, spine , and wrist.
Approximately 1.4 million Canadians suffer from Osteoporosis. While it affects both sexes and all ages osteoporosis is twice to three times more prevelant in women than in men and its incidence increases with age. Osteoporosis affects one in four women and atleast one in eight men over the age of 50 however the disease can strike at any age. Treatment for osteoporosis will depend upon the results of bone density scans, age, gender, medical history and the severity of the condition. Treatment most commonly involves lifestyle changes and medications and aims to maximise bone density and reduce the risk of bone fracture