With age, osteoporosis — a disease causing weakened bones — can creep in, undetected until too late after a seemingly minor injury has caused a serious bone break.
Affecting approximately 54 million Americans, no single cause for osteoporosis has been identified, but the risk jumps sharply over time: after fifty, a man’s risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis is one in four; a woman’s risk is one in two with post-menopausal women at the greatest risk. Breaks of the wrist, shoulder, hip, and spine as a result of a fall or other injury are the most common, and the older the patient, the more serious complications they may face.
Early warning signs of osteoporosis include back pain, stooping posture, and loss of height, but definitive diagnosis is often delayed until too late. Known as the “silent thief,” the effects can be very subtle over a number of years — by