Osteoporosis is a disorder that causes bones to become weak and brittle. It usually affects older adults and occurs when low levels of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals cause bones to lose mass. In most cases, osteoporosis does not cause pain. However, it can lead to fractures that cause sudden, searing pain. Falls or minor events such as coughing, bending over or sneezing can break osteoporotic bones.
Osteoporosis is most common in women during and after menopause because lower levels of the hormone estrogen weaken bones. Osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. At WHC-OBGYN, our goal is to work with you to prevent bone loss or reverse bone loss that has occurred. There are a number of treatment options available including taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, exercising, changing your diet, or medications.