Osteoporosis usually develops over a number of years and may cause no symptoms until you have a minor fall or knock and break a bone as a result.
Normally, bones should be able to withstand a fall from standing height. If a break occurs after a minor fall like this it is called a ‘fragility fracture’ and is a sign you may have osteoporosis. Fragility fractures usually affect the wrist, hips and spine. Fractures and breakages can be serious in the elderly and may cause long term mobility issues, especially following a hip fracture. Stooping or a hunched posture may be noticeable in those with osteoporosis due to fractures in the spine which mean it no longer supports the body correctly.
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