Osteoporosis is a very common bone condition in which bones lose their mass and become weak and brittle. Throughout our lives, our bones are constantly being broken down and replaced, but as we age, we begin to lose the ability to replenish the bone loss and as a result, we experience the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize they have developed osteoporosis until they begin to experience symptoms. Knowing the risk factors of osteoporosis is the first step in learning how to prevent it, but once the symptoms are present, the condition cannot be cured, only be treated and managed.
Nonetheless, it is extremely important to recognize the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis in order to avoid more serious bone loss. If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from osteoporosis, here are 5 pointers that will help you identify whether the symptoms are actually signs of osteoporosis.
1. Fragility-related fracture
One of the most common signs of osteoporosis are fragility-related fractures. These fractures occur after only mild to moderate trauma, such as tripping, hitting an object, or falling from below standing height and usually come as a surprise due to their severity, given the levity of the cause.
2. Chronic back pain
Intense or even moderate but chronic back pain that presents itself with no apparent reason or after mild trauma may also be a sign of osteoporosis. This pain may be the result of a spinal compression fracture which is very common for people with osteoporosis.
3. Loss of height or change in posture
If you’ve noticed a loss of height of 2 inches or more in yourself or someone you know, then this may be a sign of osteoporosis affecting your vertebrates. Even a change in posture, such as a noticeable slouch, may be a sign that that person has a spinal compression fracture or that their vertebrates have suffered bone density loss.
4. Difficulty getting up without using your arms
While this can occur for a number of reasons, such as being overweight or losing muscle mass, experiencing a difficulty in getting up could be a sign of a weak spine, hip, or knees. If this has started happening to you or someone you know, then it may be an indication of the early signs of osteoporosis.
5. Vitamin D deficiency
A good intake of vitamin D can help a person absorb calcium and improve their bone health. In the natural world, vitamin D can be absorbed into the body from the sun. Therefore, someone who lives at a high altitude, is homebound, or always wears sunscreen may have a vitamin D deficiency. Lacking vitamin D is an osteoporosis risk factor that may also mean that there is a calcium deficiency, which also helps in bone health.
Osteoporosis can be a debilitating condition but that doesn’t mean that it has to be. With proper follow-up attention and care, people with osteoporosis can live a good life and manage their condition to prevent further damage to their bones. If you or someone you know would like to test for osteoporosis, contact our imaging center to book an appointment for a DEXA bone density scan.