Osteoporosis causing hunched back

Osteoporosis causing hunched back

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Osteoporosis causing kyphosis. Excessively curved spine (kyphosis) seen on a 78 year old man with osteoporosis (brittle bones). Kyphosis usually affects the top of the spine and may result in a hunchback. Here, osteoporosis has reduced the bone density of the spine, leading to the vertebrae undergoing crush fractures. Osteoporosis arises through an imbalance between the formation and adsorption of bone. It occurs in both sexes in older age, but is far more common in women as lack of oestrogen production after the menopause leads to a reduction in bone mass. Treatments include hormone replacement therapy (for women), exercise and maintaining a high calcium intake.

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Keywords: back, brittle bones, condition, disease, disorder, elderly man, fracture, healthcare, hunchback, hunched, kyphosis, man, medical, medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, osteoporosis, spine, vertebra

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