Osteoporosis is a common and treatable condition, in which bones become more fragile, increasing the risk of a fracture. It is estimated that after age 60, 1 in 4 men and nearly 1 in 2 women will sustain a low trauma fracture. These fractures, commonly of the spine, wrist and hip, can cause significant pain, disability, loss of independence and even early death.
Prevention is the best cure for osteoporosis. One fracture predicts another, and it is very important that those who have already fractured are identified and receive appropriate medication to reduce their risk. Additionally, ensuring adequate nutrition and calcium intake, stopping smoking and engaging in balance and weightbearing exercises all helps to maintain healthy bones.
When seeing a specialist about osteoporosis, you may be asked to have a number of tests including a bone density scan. This is a special X-Ray to help assess the strength of your bones. You may also need an X-Ray of the spine and some blood tests to determine which medication would be most suitable to protect you from a fracture.