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Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break (fracture).
These fractures most commonly occur in the spine, wrist and hips but can affect other bones such as the arm or pelvis. Although commonly associated with post-menopausal women, osteoporosis can also affect men, younger women and children.
In childhood, bones grow and repair very quickly, but this process slows as you get older. Bones stop growing in length between the ages of 16 and 18, but continue to increase in density until you are in your late 20s. From about the age of 35, you gradually lose bone density. This is a normal part of ageing, but for some people it can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures.
Other things that increase the risk of developing osteoporosis include:
- Diseases of the hormone producing glands – such as an overactive thyroid gland
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Long-term use of certain medications that affect bone strength or hormone levels, for example, oral prednisolone
- Malabsorption problems
- Heavy drinking and smoking
Signs and Symptoms
There are often no warning signs for osteoporosis until someone experiences a fracture, often after a minor fall. The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are:
- Wrist fractures
- Hip fractures
- Spinal bone fractures (vertebrae).
Getting a Diagnosis
If your doctor suspects you have osteoporosis, or are at high risk of developing the condition, you may be referred for a bone density scan (DEXA scan). This is a short and painless procedure that helps to assess your risk of a fracture.
Treatment & Prevention
It is important that people at risk of osteoporosis take steps to help keep bones healthy and reduce their risk of developing the condition. This may include:
- Regular exercise
- Healthy eating
- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake
Treatment for osteoporosis is based on treating and preventing fractures and using medication to strengthen your bones. However, the decision about what treatment, if any, you have will depend on your risk of fracture. This will be based on a number of things such as the results of your DEXA scan and your age.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of a fall, such as removing hazards from your home and having regular sight and hearing tests.
There are ways to help your recovery from a fracture. This might include:
- Hot or cold treatments, with warm baths or cold packs
- TENS electrical device, which is thought to reduce pain by stimulating the nerves
- Relaxation techniques