Osteoporosis is a condition that affects more than half of adults over the age of 65. It causes the bones to become weak and brittle due to a decrease in bone density. This makes the bones more likely to break. A broken bone caused by osteoporosis is
Osteoporosis can be due to many disease processes such as anemia, malnutrition, and other chronic diseases where nutrition and absorption become impaired over time. But frequently, it occurs without any obvious cause.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Several factors may affect bone density, including:
- Post-menopausal women
- Cigarette smoking
- Low calcium intake
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Inadequate vitamin D intake
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can be difficult to diagnose because the early stages of the condition often have no symptoms. As osteoporosis worsens, it can cause bone fractures or deformities in the spine, hips, and wrists. A person with advanced osteoporosis may find it difficult to stand up straight due to a curved spine.
Often, people with osteoporosis first experience a fracture before they notice any symptoms.
Bone density lost from osteoporosis cannot be replaced, but your doctor will work with you to prevent further weakening. The treatment plan may include specific exercises, dietary counseling, hormone therapy or chiropractic treatment. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized care plan.