Depending on how much of the bone mass has been lost and the part of the body affected by it, osteoporosis can be considered manageable or serious. Osteoporosis that affects the spine causing its collapse leading to kyphosis can be very serious requiring surgical interventions such as vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.
The main consequences of osteoporosis are increased risk of fractures especially that of hip bones, wrists and rib. In worse cases of the condition even the vertebra may be fractured. Some of them can be corrected by surgery and treatment while those involving spinal collapse may not be treatable at all, causing permanent disability to the patient.
Osteoporosis affects 10 million people in America alone, with 34 million more having low bone mass. Among these 68% of the patients are women. This means that in the future 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will suffer from some form of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes 1.5 million fractures every year with 300,000 hip, 700,000 vertebral and 250,000 wrist fractures. The total national expenditure every year on osteoporosis-related ailments is estimated at $14 billion.