How Do You Know If You Have Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis, a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of fracture, is the most common reason for a broken bones among older adults. Bones that commonly break include the back bones, the bones of the forearm, and the hip. Until a broken bone occurs there are typically no symptoms. Chronic pain and a decreased ability to carry out normal activities may occur following a broken bone. A simple test called a DEXA scan can determine if you have osteoporosis. There are also many ways to prevent or slow the progression of osteoporosis. Robin Stoloff talks with a Rothman doctor in her weekly segment, Living Well.