Osteoporosis Symptoms & Signs



Osteoporosis symptoms .... you are suffering from Arthritis, Joint pains, mystery bone breakages? These are symptoms of osteoporosis that can easily be prevented and or seek early medical screening thus treatment

Osteoporosis is a bone illness which literally means porous bones, where the bones become brittle and very susceptible to fracture. The bones density decreases in terms of calcium and other minerals. Osteoporosis as a disease generally has no symptoms; however, the ultimate consequence is the high risk of bone fractures. Even in healthy individuals, osteoporosis fractures may not necessarily break a bone, but are still regarded as fragile fractures.

Fractures

The osteoporosis symptoms can easily be confused with those of arthritis; osteoporosis-symptoms usually appear after the disease has reached its advanced stages. The symptoms normally appear dramatically characterized by a fracture of the backbone, forearm, hip, or any other bony site, especially caused by enough bone loss. These fractures results from normal minor trauma like lifting, bending over, falling, or jumping.

Fractures are asymptomatic (Having no symptoms of illness or disease) and most feared aspect of the osteoporosis disease, since these fractures can result into disability, or even mortality.  Fractures associated with the long bones may acutely affect an individual’s mobility, which may require surgery to rectify and particularly, the hip fractures generally calls for prompt surgery. The hip fractures are usually associated with serious risk such as the pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, as well as, increased mortality.

Debilitating Pain

Pain, debilitation (reduced energy and strength), and disfigurement are some osteoporosis symptoms that are common in the later stages of illness. If the early compression remains undetected may result into a lot of calcium being lost, causing the vertebrae within the spine to start deteriorating, thus the patients start stooping.

During the early stages of the disease the patient never feels any pain, until the bones starts deteriorating due to osteoporosis, and the signs and symptoms include loss of height over time, stooped posture, back pain caused by collapsed vertebrae or fracture. The pain that the patient feels in any place in the spine could be due to fractures of the spinal bones, and these fractures are referred to as compression fractures and in most cases occur without injuries.

This pain may come suddenly or slowly with time. Compression fractures usually results from fragile bone cracking due the pressure imposed by the body of being upright. The spine at the shoulders then experiences a curvature, especially in the elderly, and is usually referred to as the ‘widow’s hump’.

Types of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis disease is typically categorized as primary type 1, primary type 2, and secondary. The type of the disease that is most common among women after menopause is usually the primary type 1, and is usually referred to as post menopausal osteoporosis.  The type of the disease that is most common to the elderly, especially those above seventy five years for both males and females is the type 2 osteoporosis, and is usually referred to as senile osteoporosis. Secondary osteoporosis symptoms affects all ages, as well as, affecting both males and females equally.

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