Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to weaken. The weakened bones are more susceptible to fractures and may cause pain during regular activity. Osteoporosis can affect men and women, but postmenopausal women are at higher risk for fractures associated with osteoporosis.

Caring for your bones becomes more important as you age. As you age the body loses more bone than it makes. If too much bone is lost, you may be at risk for fractures. The quality and quantity of bone also decreases with age.

Staying active and increasing your calcium intake can decrease bone loss due to aging. Consult a Northwestern Medicine physician before using calcium supplements and other osteoporosis treatments.

Northwestern Medicine combines skilled care with advanced technologies to help you recover more quickly, stay healthier and grow stronger.

Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Osteoporosis Program has specialists in the treatment of osteoporotic diseases. With state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical facilities, these physicians help ensure more accurate diagnoses and better patient outcomes.

Conditions

  • Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis
  • Men and Women With Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Chronic Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Eating Disorders
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Hypercalciuria
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Osteomalacia
  • Paget's Disease
  • Post-transplant Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Premenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Previous Fractures
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Rickets
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Looking for a Second Opinion?

It's vital that you're comfortable with your treatment decision and have confidence in your doctor. For these reasons, a second opinion with another specialist can help you make smart treatment decisions.

Preventing Osteoporosis: Avoiding Bone Loss

Certain factors can speed up bone loss or decrease bone loss. Alcohol is toxic to bones. It is a major cause of bone loss.

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