Osteoporosis is a leading cause of fractures in the spine, hip and wrist. A compression fracture should be suspected in any patient over the age of 50 with acute onset of back pain.
Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (Type I) and senile osteoporosis (Type II) both have different causes and risk factors - this article discusses the differences.
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by low bone mass and an increased risk of spinal fractures. Anyone over age 65, especially postmenopausal patients, are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Spinal fractures are not always diagnosed and is often just thought of as general back pain, such as from a muscle strain or other soft tissue injury.
Risk factors for osteoporosis can include family history, lifestyle choices, diseases, body type, and more.
Estrogen plays a major factor in why Osteoporosis affects women more than men, but there are other factors as well.