Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become fragile and brittle and this leads to an increased risk of fractures . This occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone mass (bone density) as well as the microarchitecture.
Osteoporosis itself causes no symptoms but fractures occur in situations where healthy people would not normally break a bone; they are therefore regarded as fragility fractures. Typical fragility fractures occur in the vertebral column, rib, hip and wrist.
Perform a bone density scan to assess the risk of fractures