Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones, causing them to become porous and fragile and more prone to fracture. Aging increases the risk of osteoporosis, which affects more women than men and progresses more quickly after menopause. Most people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they have a fracture, most often in the hip, spine or wrist.
The pain associated with this type of fracture is frequently dismissed as general back pain. If there is persistent pain associated with the fracture(s), there are medical and surgical options.
The good news is that osteoporosis can be treated or even prevented with good medical management.