What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. Known as the “silent thief”, bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without any symptoms. Unfortunately, by the time affected bones break or fracture, the disease is already fairly advanced and less treatable. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder.

Today, no single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.

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Secondary Osteoporosis

There are several well known risk factors for osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.

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Men and Osteoporosis

Think only women are at risk of osteoporosis? Think again. At least one in five men will break a bone from osteoporosis.

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OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOARTHRITIS

Despite the fact that osteoporosis, arthritis and osteoarthritis are completely different conditions, they are frequently confused.

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Why Should I Get Tested?

A risk factor assessment is an important first step in alerting you to your risk for osteoporosis.