Osteoporosis symptoms can take years to show up. But once significant bone loss has occurred, signs of osteoporosis may include:
If you’re 50 or older and you’ve had a broken bone or spinal fracture, you should get an osteoporosis test. Testing may include a detailed health history, physical exam and blood work. Your doctor may also order a bone density scan, or dexa test, which is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mass and thickness. In addition, an X-ray, MRI or CT scan can show any new or existing fractures.
If these tests show significant signs of osteoporosis, you may need to take vitamin D and calcium supplements, as well as medication to increase bone density. Losing excess weight and exercising can also improve the stability and strength of your bones, reducing bone loss.
Osteoporosis can cause or occur alongside several other health conditions, such as:
Osteoporosis treatment is available at convenient clinic locations in Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.