Osteoporosis, a disease that deteriorates the bones and leads to fractures affecting more than 44 million Americans. Osteoporotic fractures result in 432,000 admissions, 2.5 million office visits, and 180,000 nursing home admissions annually. Osteoporosis can develop over time with no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Half of all women older than 65 and one in four men are affected by osteoporosis.
What causes osteoporosis?
- Some Medications
- Calcium during the growing years and to maintain good bone health after the growing years
- Vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium)
How do I know if I have osteoporosis?
Diagnosis is generally made by a doctor who will take into consideration some or all of these:
- medical history
- physical examination
- skeletal x-rays
- bone densitometry
- specialized laboratory tests
To learn more about osteoporosis visit the American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons.