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Osteoporosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that will make the bone density weak and brittle, which is a very common disorder. Osteoporosis is different from the normal bones because the rate of the bone resorption will be faster while the rate of the bone formation slows down. A patient that has osteoporosis disease will lose calcium and phosphate salts and become porous, brittle, and abnormally vulnerable to fractures (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010, pg 236). Because the disease makes the bone weak and brittle, the patients that are diagnosed with this disorder will have to be extra careful to prevent fractures and causing harm to their bones. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it’s usually more common for the women to get…show more content…
According to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2010) “When the rate of bone resorption exceeds that of bone formation the bone becomes less dense. Men have approximately 30% greater bone mass than women, which may explain why osteoporosis develops later in men” (p.236), which explains why men also gets diagnosed with osteoporosis. Other people who can get the disorder includes family history, thin, lean body build, obviously because for those who has a thin body can result to have a weak bone, history of low calcium, history of smoking and high intake of alcohol, immobility, lack of physical activity ( Knipper, 2012). Not only can the risk factors above lead to the disorder osteoporosis, but also from a secondary medical condition, like hyperparathyroidism, asthma, systemic lupus erythematosus, and having a spinal cord injury for a long time. There can…show more content…
Because osteoporosis make the bone density weak, the patients with the diagnosis will have a lot of pain in their bones and will become weak. According to Schauch (2014) patients with osteoporosis will have the following signs and symptoms, “Compression or stress fractures, gum disease or tooth decay, premature graying of hair (50% gray by age 40), arthritis, low back pain, leg cramps at night, poor nail growth or brittle nails, and decreased height”. All the signs and symptoms can cause a problem diagnosed with the disorder, but the stress fractures can be a real emotionally affective to the patient. Because of the brittle bones when a patient happens to have done an activity that ended up with a fracture can be complicated because they already have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and on top of that if they have a fracture, it can lead to a disturbed body image to the patient and can have the risk of loneliness. Also, having a low back pain and leg cramps at night can be very stressful because having pain on a bone can be very uncomfortable especially at night which can disturb a sleeping patient. There is also a complication related to the disease, according to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2010), “Compression fracture of the spine, hip and wrist fractures, and loss of mobility” (p236), which shows that there can be other places where the fractures can

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