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Osteoporosis FAQs (cont.)

What Are Complications of Osteoporosis?

The major complication of osteoporosis is fracture of bone. Depending on what bones fracture and how they fracture, there can be further complications. For example, if a spinal vertebra in the low back is collapsed by a compression fracture, this can cause bone to directly press against nervous tissue of the spinal cord, causing severe pain and loss of function of the lower extremities. Collapse of vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic vertebrae) can cause breathing to be difficult.

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