As we grow old, our body undergoes changes which are considered as the process of ageing. Some changes that bear an effect on the human body are harmless, but some can evolve into medical conditions which can be painful and unbearable. These unbearable and painful changes occur when the body starts functioning in an unexpected way. One of the common medical conditions that people get in their old age is Osteoporosis.
If you look at an elderly woman and at the same time a young woman or a teenager from a distance, the first difference that you might notice is the posture. The way an elderly woman stands, she would have a slightly bent back, shaky and frail hands. She might take the support of a stick while walking because at this age the bones are not able to bear the body weight. This can be considered normal, as the ageing process corrodes the bones in our body making it weak and frail. However, it can get worse for a person if the bone-thinning happens rapidly, which results in a medical condition called Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can corrode the bones to an extent where it causes unbearable pain to the patient or even break easily. There have been various causes that have been linked to the disease, but the experts are yet not able to determine the root cause. The most common problems caused by osteoporosis is hip fractures, disintegrated jaw bone and bent spine. Osteoporosis is also frequently found in women who are going through menopause, a condition where bone loss is fastest.
The first medicine for osteoporosis was introduced in the year 1995 and soon there was a huge decline in fracture cases due to bone thinning. In due course of time, people and physicians started overusing the medicine which later resulted in rare side effects like osteonecrosis related to the jaw and atypical femoral fracture (AFF) which causes bone damage to the legs. Currently, there are different medicines that are being circulated all over the world.
It is important to check for osteoporosis in people who age above 50s if their bones break frequently and take time to recover. Such cases are more prone to osteoporosis, but doctors and nurses often ignore such cases and usually treat the fracture. There are ways which can be used to detect osteoporosis at an early stage by taking the bone density test or noticing the frequent occurrence of Unspecified and vague body pain. If any there are any signs of osteoporosis consult your physician as soon as possible and take the prescribed medicines accordingly.