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What are complications of osteoporosis?

Complications with osteoporosis are usually associated with fractures that result from having weak bones. Sometimes a small fall will break a hip or wrist and sometimes vertebrae will compress and fracture without even a fall. However a bone fractures, bones often heal slowly when you have osteoporosis. Additionally, if surgery is necessary there can be surgery-related complications.

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
TThe most obvious complication of osteoporosis is breaking bones. If the vertebrae in the spine break, this can cause loss of height, difficulty walking, and chronic pain. If a weight bearing bone such as the hip breaks, there is a high risk of less ability to move around independently. Immobility leads to many other health problems.
Osteoporosis can have complications. The most common is a bone fracture, usually of the hip, wrist and spine. Impaired mobility due to a fracture can greatly affect quality and duration of life, especially in the elderly. Prevention is key!

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