How to recognize fractures due to osteoporosis

Sometimes the bones are so weak from osteoporosis that even an ordinary activity causes a hairline break. Photo: Pexels

(David Zelman/ Web MD) –– The spine, hips, and wrist are the most common places for a fracture when you have osteoporosis. Here’s what to expect if it happens to you.

This is a break of one or more of your vertebrae, the small bones in your spine. If you have osteoporosis, sometimes just the simple act of bending over, coughing, or lifting something heavy may cause it.

If your compression fracture is minor and develops over a long time, you may not have any symptoms. If that’s the case, it may heal on its own. You might not learn about it unless you have an X-ray of the area for other reasons.

Pain often goes along with a compression fracture. You’ll feel it along the spine, usually in your middle to lower back. It often gets worse when you stand or sit for a long period and gets better when you lie down. (…)