Bones tend to get weak over a period of time and deteriorate as we grow old. The thinning of bones is called osteopenia and it precedes osteoporosis However, there are a multitude of factors that cause the bones to go weak. While the symptoms are not quite stark, if paid attention to, they can be spotted and treated before a blow of osteoporosis hits. In addition to these, it is also important to take note of other factors that impact bone health, such as, diet and lifestyle choices and tweak them just in time to protect your bones from further damage.
Below are the common symptoms that signal towards weakening of bones.
Progressive loss of height:
If you observe loss in your height with or without a stooped back, it could be a signal of weakened vertebral bones. This may lead to hunching of back as well. While loss of height occurs naturally to some extent, it can happen more gradually in patients affected with osteoporosis and may be accompanied by debilitating pain. A loss of more than 0.5 to an inch is usually a red flag. Also, weak bones may also lead to vertebral fractures, which may occur gradually and can lead to other fractures if not diagnosed well and treated.
Unexplained fracture after a minor accident or fall:
One must pay serious attention if a minor fall or a sudden slip causes a fracture. Adults over the age of 50 should particularly pay attention and should immediately get tested if this happens. This includes any unexpected fracture such as a vertebral fracture, or fracture in the hip or wrist caused by a low-impact fall. Do not ignore this and treat it like a simple fall. Get it tested and switch to osteoporosis treatment if prescribed.
Sudden back pain with no particular cause or muscle cramps & bone pain:
If you experience persistent pain in the back, it could be a sign indicating towards vertebral fracture and hence osteoporosis. This could be triggered by everyday action that involves bending the back. The pain could be dull or could be so severe that it causes immobility in affected people. In both scenarios it is important that proper diagnosis is done. A lot of time, we take back pain as an implicit part of our lives and it goes ignored when it should be taken as a warning sign and acted upon, especially since it can lead to other fractures.