Hip osteoporosis occurs when the bones in the hip become less dense, leading to a decrease in bone strength. The bones may become so brittle that mild stress or a fall will result in fractures, primarily of the hip, spine and wrist.
Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is most common in women over the age of 40. The most commonly known causes are aging, menopause-related estrogen declines, lack of vitamin D and/or calcium, and endocrine imbalances. Certain risk factors including medications, smoking, immobility, and family history increase the probability of osteoporosis.
One of the dangers of osteoporosis is that there are no outward signs or symptoms to warn you until you already have the disease. Some individuals, however, do experience the following symptoms:
- Back or hip pain
- Frequent small-bone fractures
- Loss of height
- Stooped posture
A hip specialist at Lancaster Orthopedic Group can perform tests to determine whether you are at risk or already suffering from osteoporosis. A simple bone density test can provide valuable information about your bone strength.
Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, whether in your hip or in other bones of your body, some women may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. There are also promising new medications that have the ability to slow or stop the progression of osteoporosis.