Bones essential hold together the entire body, and overall bone health is imperative to preventing breaks and fractures. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses bone density or simply doesn’t produce enough calcium or vitamin D. With approximately 54 million Americans diagnosed with osteoporosis, we thought we'd provide tips to help identify the warning signs for this common bone disease.
1. You experience back pain. While many people suffer from back pain, they don’t realize this can be linked to osteoporosis.
This pain is caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra due to a loss of bone density or brittle bones.
2. You notice your height decreasing over time.
If your height is two or more inches less than what it used to be, it may be likely that osteoporosis is affecting your vertebrae.
3. You have experienced several surprising bone fractures.
Fractures may frequently occur in your wrists, spine or hip. Fractures occur after a mild impact, such as tripping. This is the most common symptom that brings osteoporosis to the patient’s attention.
4. Your posture is increasingly bent.
Much like a decreased height, a curvature of the spine is a sign osteoporosis is affecting your vertebrae. So, don’t assume you’re becoming a sloucher!
5. Your joints and muscles ache.
If you find your muscles and joints are sore when trying to do easy tasks such as standing up, take this as an important indicator you may have osteoporosis. This could be a sign of vitamin D deficiency, which is vital to bone health.
Osteoporosis is a serious disease that can lead to broken bones if not treated effectively. If you notice any of the osteoporosis symptoms mentioned above, visit your doctor immediately to make sure your bones are in good health. If you have osteoporosis, know that you are not alone and that there are medicines to help you conquer this disease. Our radiologists are ready to provide any imaging services you may need.