Unfortunately, the first sign that you might have osteoporosis is often a fracture. In fact, fracture is the most common early symptom. When the bones have thinned and become brittle, even mild impact will cause a fracture. And sometimes, because the impact that caused the injury was so minor, people don’t realize that they have broken a bone until ongoing pain sends them to the doctor.
Signs that you have experienced a fragility-related fracture include pain and swelling immediately after an impact or fall. This is usually fairly obvious. If it appears that an area of your body is out of alignment, that’s another sign. If you feel pain, especially in your back, that persists for several weeks it may also indicate a fracture, even if you can’t think back to a specific event that caused it.