Osteopenia and osteoporosis means “porous bones” causes bones
to weaken and become brittle. Bones become so brittle that a fall from
standing can cause a fracture, or bending over or even coughing can cause
stress fractures. Osteoporosis related fractures most commonly occur in
the hip, wrist and spine. Bone is living tissue which is constantly being
broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new
bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone.
Typically there are no symptoms in early stages of bone loss. Once your
bones have been weakened by osteoporosis signs could include back pain,
caused by the fracture or collapse of vertebrae, height loss over time,
stooped posture, and low impact fractures called fragility fractures.