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Why is osteoporosis called the silent disease?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Osteoporosis is called "the silent disease" because it does not present symptoms in the way one might expect. Just because we do not have joint pain, or we have not fallen or had any fractures, does not mean we don’t have osteoporosis. In fact, we can have the disease without knowing it, and we do not need to have an injury to cause a fracture. A hard sneeze or cough could result in a fracture of the spine. That is why prevention, detection and treatment are so important.

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