Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause — are at highest risk.
There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you might have signs and symptoms that include:
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture
- A bone that breaks much more easily than expected
If you or someone you know has osteoporosis or symptoms of osteoporosis, please contact the ACR location nearest you and see if you/they qualify for one of our paid research studies. Qualified participants in any of our studies receive study medication and exams at no cost and are compensated for time and travel.
Note: We are currently looking for post-menopausal women with osteoporosis