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Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, breaking easily. It primarily affects older women.
If you’re looking for reliable care for osteoporosis in the Bay Area, come to your nearest Dignity Health location for treatment options.
Osteoporosis is usually not felt until a bone (such as in the hip, wrist or spine) is broken.
Osteoporosis can also cause:
Although experts don’t know the cause of osteoporosis, they do know that age, gender, personal habits, and certain diseases and conditions can impact the risk.
Osteoporosis has been shown to be more likely in people who:
Your doctors will likely use a bone density test (also called a bone density scan or DXA) to diagnose osteoporosis. This test involves a specialized X-ray used to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals in the bone.
Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, early treatment and lifestyle changes can minimize bone loss and reduce the risk of complications like fractures.
Your doctor at Dignity Health in the Bay Area may recommend:
Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate an orthopedic specialist in the Bay Area near you and find effective treatment for osteoporosis and other orthopedic issues.