Osteoporosis is an all-too-common medical condition that is characterized by fragile, porous bones that are prone to fracture. Also known as brittle bone disease, osteoporosis is most common in women but occurs in men too.
While osteoporosis can affect any bone in your body, it is most commonly found in the spine, hips and wrist. This is somewhat ironic because it is exactly these bones you will injure if you take an unexpected fall. It’s no coincidence that osteoporosis is a major contributing factor in the incidence of fractured hips. Sadly, the first time many osteoporosis sufferers are diagnosed is when they suffer a fall and subsequent fracture.