Osteoporosis occurs when the supports, which make up the netlike structure within bones, become thin, causing bones to become fragile and break easily. It occurs most often in postmenopausal women.
These broken bones are often referred to as fragility fractures. Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the spine (vertebrae), hip (proximal femur) and wrist (distal radius) are most commonly affected, termed vertebral and non vertebral. Often the first you know you have osteoporosis is when you have a fracture from a simple fall or bump.
Osteoporosis may be treated by a variety of medications, such as tablets, effervescent solutions, infusions and injections. The most common is a bisphosphonate and is termed a bone sparing agent. Bisphosphonates inhibit the cells that wear down bone and slow bone loss and, as a consequence, improve bone strength. They help to reduce the risk of further vertebral and non vertebral fractures.
This website has been designed to tell you more about the condition, treatment, the importance of staying on your therapy and also what will happen as you go through your osteoporosis journey. It will also provide important links to patient groups dedicated to helping people like you get through your diagnosis and the first few months of treatment.
We also welcome feedback so please contact us if you have a comment or would like something added to the website which you feel might help others.