What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone condition which occurs when bones lose their strength and thickness, this is due to loss of minerals such as calcium at a rate higher than the body can replace. The bones, especially in the hip, spine and wrist, become less dense, more fragile and can break more easily.
What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Bone that breaks much more easily than expected
- Loss of height over time
- Stooped posture
How is Osteoporosis diagnosed?
Bone imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to measure the proportion of mineral present.