YES! Breaking a bone is serious. People with osteoporosis are at a high risk for breaking bones. Broken bones can cause severe pain. In many cases, they will require surgery. In the spine, broken bones can cause a person to become shorter. The spine may start to curve forward making it hard to stand up straight. Breaking a hip is even more serious. Many people can't walk again or take care of themselves
Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person's bones weak and more likely to break. A person with osteoporosis can break a bone from a minor fall, by simply sneezing, or when performing routine household chores.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that can sneak up on you. People can't feel their bones getting weaker. You may have it and not know it. Many people learn that they have the disease only after they break a bone. Evaluating bone density with a DXA (duel-energy X-ray absorption) test can assess the risk for breaking a bone and diagnose osteoporosis.
Including primary risk factors or things you can't control such as age, race, or gender there are over 200 secondary risk factors that can contribute to poor bone health. Click here for more info: