Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Osteoporosis in medical terms is poor bone density; but generally speaking it means having fragile or brittle bones which might lead to fractures with minimal injury. It has various risk factors associated which usually help a doctor to identify it, but it’s unfortunately absolutely asymptomatic until the patient fractures a bone.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
Common bones affected:
The vertebrae, hip bones and wrist bones are commonly affected and are more prone to fragility fractures, might get fractured with trivial domestic falls in patients having poor bone density.
Prevention & Treatments:
If we follow certain prevention tips, the irsk of getting osteoporosis can be avoided:
Patients having poor bone density are usually treated according to the severity assessed by BMD test which gives a T Score for assessment of fragility fracture risk. If the T score is very low and fragility fracture risk is very high then certain medications and injections may be given (please consult your doctor for the same). Regular follow up with the orthopedic surgeon is a must.
If one develops an osteoporotic fracture then it’s possible to treat these fractures in plaster and with surgery, though the fracture healing may be delayed due to poor bone quality. Hence its best to identify and get osteoporosis treated if not prevented.