Osteoporosis is considered a silent disease because there are often no telltale symptoms until a fracture occurs. If you experience a fracture from a fall, especially if you're at risk for osteoporosis, you should see your primary care physician for an examination. He or she may recommend getting checked for osteoporosis.

Common Osteoporosis Symptoms


A fracture is one of the most common signs of fragile bones caused by osteoporosis. Fractures may be cause by a fall or even a minor incident such as stepping off a curb or a violent sneeze.

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Back Pain

Osteoporosis can cause compression fractures of the spine. These are very painful because the collapsed vertebrae of the back will pinch the nerves that radiate out from the spinal cord. This can result in pain symptoms ranging from tenderness to debilitating back pain.

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Loss of Height

In some cases, multiple fractures of the spine brought on by osteoporosis can cause a loss of height or a slight curving of the upper back. A stooped back is known as kyphosis in medical terms or in severe cases a dowager's hump. Although the condition may not be painful, kyphosis can cause back and neck pain and affect breathing.

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Emergency Osteoporosis Symptoms

Osteoporosis symptoms can cause pain and discomfort, but most of the time they do not warrant a trip to the emergency room. If you are experiencing any debilitating pain, particularly of the back, neck, hip, or wrist, you should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. If you have experienced a fall or minor trauma that results in a fracture, you may need a hospital visit for evaluation and treatment.