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Definition

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

Symptoms

There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

Symptoms occurring late in the disease include:

  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Fractures with little or no trauma
  • Loss of height (as much as 6 inches) over time
  • Low back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Stooped posture or kyphosis, also called a "dowager's hump"
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