What are the Symptoms of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis?
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are called "silent" diseases because patients often experience no symptoms until the diseases have caused significant damage. Normally, patients with osteoporosis notice no changes as their bones become thinner with time, even as their risk of "fragility fractures" increases. Often, it's not until a sudden trip or fall causes a break that osteoporosis is discovered.
When detected and treated early, however, osteoporosis is highly preventable. Learn more about how to prevent osteoporosis.
Osteopenia is a condition of low bone mineral density (BMD) that has not yet become low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.