Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak, fragile and susceptible to fractures. A fracture after a minor fall is usually the first indication of osteoporosis, due to it being a slow developing condition.
Early signs of osteoporosis to look out for include:
- Stooped posture
- Gradual height ‘shrinkage’
- Back pain caused by a collapsed or fractured vertebra
- A sneeze or cough may fracture a rib in a person
Osteoporosis normally doesn’t cause pain, unless a fracture occurs. Spinal fractures are the most common cause of chronic pain for people with osteoporosis.