Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them sensitive and further inclined to break. The word ‘osteoporosis’ means ‘porous bone.’ Osteoporosis means that you have less bone mass and strength. The disease often develops without any symptoms or pain, and it is usually not discovered until the weakened bones cause painful fractures. Most of these are fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. When osteoporosis occurs, the "holes" in the "sponge" grow larger and more numerous, which weakens the inside of the bone. It is sometimes called a silent disease, because usually, there are no symptoms of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis develops slowly, and a person may not know they have it until they experience a fracture or break after a minor incident, such as a fall. Even a cough or sneeze can cause a break in osteoporotic bones. Osteoporosis impacts more than three million individuals in the UK.

  • Primary osteoporosis. This is the most common type of osteoporosis and occurs more in women than men
  • Secondary osteoporosis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis

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