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    What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

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    Osteoporosis Australia (OA) is a national not-for-profit. Our vision is Healthy Bones for all Australians. Education, awareness and research can help combat osteoporosis and reduce … View Profile

    Osteoporosis is often referred to as the ‘silent disease’ as there aren’t often any symptoms until bones fracture. Be aware of the risk factors for osteoporosis (eg: lifestyle factors, certain medications or medical conditions) Also severe back pain or loss of height (3cm or more) can suggest osteoporosis is present.


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    Dr Irwin Lim

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    Irwin completed his Rheumatology training in 2003. The majority of his time is spent treating inflammatory arthritis and in particular rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthritis. … View Profile

    Osteoporosis has no signs or symptoms until a fracture actually occurs. When a fracture actually occurs, there can be pain followed by disability. At the spine, the vertebrae can crush and lead to increasing stoop or a hump. Sometimes, this occurs without pain.Fractures of the hip often lead to poor mobility, loss of independence or may even lead to premature death.It is of course preferable to diagnose osteoporosis prior to a fracture being suffered. 

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