Osteoporosis can seem quite fearful when you read it out loud, even more so if you’re trying to figure out whether or not you have it.
How does this relate to hip pain or hip pain relief or remedies?
We’ll detail what the connection is because there is one, but first we’ll explain in this post what in essence Osteoporosis is.
Based on data from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people globally.
The aging population above 50 years is the age group most affected, with 15-30% of men and 40% of women sustaining one or more bone fractures related to the condition in their lifetime.
Most of the times, people affected only learn of the condition when they get bone fractures, which makes it difficult to prevent or reverse the damage.
So what is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that leads to increased porosity and weakness in bones. It occurs when the body makes too little bone or loses too much bone than it can make to replace the lost bone mass.
As such, bones become extremely brittle, and can break at any slight impact from a minor bump or fall. Most of the common fractures related to the condition occur on the spine, wrist, or hip.
How does Osteoporosis affect your body?
Simply put,the condition is mainly associated with weak, brittle, and less dense bones. This increases the risk of bone fractures at any slight impact from a fall or bump.
In advanced stages, the condition can cause the vertebrae bones to collapse, since the body can’t carry its own weight. Such collapses cause the patient to slump and have a poor hunched posture.
What age group is most affected by Osteoporosis?
The condition affects both genders, and all races. However, women past the menopausal age are highly predisposed to the condition compared to men of a similar age.
The risk is also high among Asian and White women.
What are the causes?
There are many factors that can predispose anyone to this condition. These factors can be divided into two categories:
1. Factors that you have no control over e.g. age, gender, and race.
2. The second category includes factors that one can control. which include:
3. Vitamin D and calcium intake: A long period of low vitamin D and calcium intake increases one’s chances of developing weak bone structure compared to persons that consume a highly balanced diet, with the right amount of calcium.
4. Alcohol abuse: High intake of alcohol increases the risk of bone fractures and bone mass loss.
5. Sex hormones: low testosterone levels in men, low oestrogen among women (menopause), and/or abnormal missing of periods (amenorrhea) are known to trigger the condition.
6. A sedentary lifestyle: Living a life of inactivity and extended periods of bed rest may affect your bone structure.
7. Anorexia nervosa: low caloric intake in people that fear weight gain, may suffer from a weak body structure (a low body mass index) and fragile bones.
8. Cigarette smoking: Numerous studies show a direct relationship between tobacco smoking and low bone density. This increases the chances of bone fractures, since the body can’t carry its own weight.
9. Medication use: The extended use of some forms of medication can increase your chances of developing the condition. Drugs known to cause such negative effects include anticonvulsants, glucocorticoids, aluminum-containing antacids, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and steroids among others.
Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip
Transient osteoporosis of the hip is a rare condition that causes temporary bone loss in the upper portion of the thighbone (femur).
People with transient osteoporosis of the hip will experience a sudden onset of pain that intensifies with walking or other weight-bearing activities. In many cases, the pain increases over time and may become disabling.
Painful symptoms gradually subside and usually end within 6 to 12 months. Bone strength in the hip also returns to normal in most people.
Despite the name, transient osteoporosis of the hip is very different from the more common age-related osteoporosis. Age-related osteoporosis is a painless, progressive condition that leads to a weakening of the bones throughout the body. It can put people at greater long-term risk for broken bones.
What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis of the Hip?
Unfortunately once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may already have symptoms and signs which are:
Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra.
Overtime loss of height.
A very stooped over posture.
A bone fracture occurrence.
Sudden, severe back pain that gets worse when standing or walking.
You have trouble bending your body or twisting, and experience pain when you do.[Please seek help from your Health Care Professional if you are experiencing any pain from any of the above]
Can Hip Replacement be done with Osteoporosis?
Severe osteoporosis can be a contraindication for surgery because bones may be too brittle to properly support and adhere to the new joint prostheses. Mild to moderate osteoporosis is not a contraindication for hip replacement surgery; however, it may affect how a surgeon plans for surgery. A surgeon may choose to use bone cement rather than a cementless adhesion to attach the new prostheses to the existing bone. A surgeon may want to take steps to improve bone density before hip replacement surgery. This treatment may continue after surgery to enhance the lifespan of the hip replacement.
Please Note, this is not a medical diagnosis. You should see your Health Care Professional if you are in any type of pain.