Pathology and disease

Osteoporosis – a disease where bones become thin and weak, making them fragile and susceptible to fracture. Those with osteoporosis tend to experience bone breaks in the hip, spine and wrist. Osteoporosis is fairly common in the United States, as more than 40 million men and women have the disease or are at risk for it.

Osteopenia – presents in those with a low bone mineral density and is often considered to be a precursor to osteoporosis.

Paget’s Disease – a disorder that can result in enlarged and misshapen bones.

Bone fracture – a break in the bone. Fractures typically occur as a result of high-force trauma or stress. Those with weak bones are more likely to experience a fracture or break.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – known as brittle bone disease, OI is a genetic bone disorder that presents with fragile bones.