What is Osteoporosis?

The weakening of the bones caused by a reduction in the calcium normally stored there.

What are the causes of Osteoporosis?

Patients are at risk for osteoporosis if they are:

  • Post-menopausal
  • Female
  • Low body weight
  • Have taken steroids
  • Have digestive problems
  • Had kidney stones
  • Have a family history of bone loss or fractures
  • Above the age of 70

What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?

Typically, there are no symptoms.  Osteoporosis is detected by a special x-ray called a DEXA.  It is ordered by your doctor and can be used to track the degree of improvement with treatment.  Unfortunately, some people are only diagnosed after a spine or hip fracture.  This condition is painless.