Do you have any idea about your bone health? You can see your skin and hair and the other visible organs, so you know how healthy they are. Regarding your heart and lungs, you can feel them pulsating and you are breathing without any difficulty, so you can get an idea about these too. But, what about your bones? How do you know if they are doing well?
Endocrinologist Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island explains that “Osteoporosis is an asymptomatic condition until you experience a fracture”. By this, she means that a minor fall or a slight bump could fracture bones in your hips, wrist or spine. When you harm your bones in such conditions, you might be having osteoporosis. And when you get a fracture due to osteoporosis, it is a serious health threat.
What are the common early symptoms of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is one condition that often creeps up without any warning signs and symptoms. It is therefore called a silent disease. The skeletal system becomes so fragile and brittle that even a minor fall from the standing height can result in broken bones.
Here are the three common early symptoms of osteoporosis:
1. Fracture from a minor trauma
If you suffer a bone fracture from a minor fall or a sudden bump, you have high chances of having osteoporosis. This means that you have extremely weak bones that need to be screened to understand the stage of osteoporosis and an immediate treatment should be administered. Don’t ignore a bone fracture caused by low trauma incident and start your osteoporosis treatment if required.
2. Unexplained sudden back pain
Osteoporosis is such a serious bone condition that you might have a vertebral fracture almost spontaneously or just by bending over to do a trivial work. If you are having an intense back pain without any explainable reason, it might be a warning that you have experienced a vertebral fracture due to osteoporosis. It may be so intense that the patient becomes immobile. Painkiller is not the solution for such situations as a detailed bone health assessment is required.
3. Loss of height and develop a stooped posture
If you notice a sudden decrease in your height even by a few centimeters, it might happen due to multiple osteoporosis fractures in your spine and as a result, you begin to have a hunching back. Due to age, a loss of height is a natural phenomenon. If you have lost over 1 inch of your height, it is a red flag that something is seriously wrong with your bone health.
However, if you ignore this symptom and leave it untreated, the patient might end up with a series of more fractures.
Identify these early symptoms of osteoporosis and visit a doctor to get checked and screened.