Osteoporosis (osteo- bone, porosis- porosity) is a condition of the bone in which the bone becomes weak and brittle due to excessive loss of calcium, which makes the sufferer more prone to fractures even after minor falls. It is generally observed during and after the 40s. Serious cases, like osteoporosis of the Vertebral Column can cause vertebral compression fractures.
Osteoporosis is more frequently observed in females after their menopause. The following factors contribute to the risk of Osteoporosis:
Initial stage symptoms do not reveal the existence of osteoporosis, and you may not even know you have osteoporosis until you break a bone from a minor fall or bump. Late symptoms include
Osteoporosis can be treated in the following ways
Vertebral Compression Fractures can be treated with a minimally invasive, image guided therapy known as Vertebroplasty. Bones that are brittle/weakened by osteoporosis can be made stronger by injecting bone cement.
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