Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in the United States and developed countries. It is a disease of low bone mass resulting in deterioration of the structure of bones. This deterioration can weaken your bones so much that you can fracture a bone without major trauma. Every day activities, such as lifting a bag of groceries or rolling over in bed can result in a fracture.

The wrists, hips and spine are at greatest risk of damage from osteoporosis-related fractures. Often these fractures may be your first sign that you have osteoporosis. Unfortunately, by the time a fracture has occurred, you have already lost a substantial amount of bone. It is important to assess your level of risk of low bone mass early in life in order to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures, pain and disfigurement. In cases of hip fracture, there is an increased risk of death that comes with the fracture.

To learn more about Osteoporosis, visit AANS.org

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