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. Osteoporosis is often referred to as the ‘silent disease’ because, although almost 3m people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis, worryingly few people know they have it until they break a bone. There are more than 230,000 fractures every year due to osteoporosis.
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