Osteoporosis is arguably one of the most commonly-known diseases that involve the bones. It can affect any bones in the body and it can make them more prone to breaking. In many cases a fall that would not hurt someone without this disease could well cause someone who has it to break one or more bones.
Osteoporosis can affect millions of people and it is commonly known to affect older women. However it can be diagnosed in men and women of any age, although it is more common in older people.
There are various risk factors for this disease but the most important thing is to see your GP if you suspect you may have it. It is right to seek advice about this, particularly if you have a family history of it, as this can be more likely to trigger the disease in other members of the family. One thing many people do not think about is a failure to diagnose osteoporosis. Thankfully this does not happen very often but as is the case with every medical condition, there is the potential for it to be missed or misdiagnosed as something else.
What could happen if osteoporosis is not diagnosed?
There are various things people with osteoporosis can do to improve their situation. However if they are unaware they have the disease due to a failure to diagnose osteoporosis, it can lead to it getting progressively worse before treatment is given. As such it can put someone at a greater risk of breaking bones, precisely because they have no idea they need to be careful. Once it is diagnosed, an exercise plan and a diet plan can be put in place to ensure the body gets all the nutrients it needs to keep the bones as healthy as possible.
Do you need no-obligation advice regarding a situation similar to this?
If you have been involved in a situation where you believe medical negligence has led to a failure to diagnose this disease, you should get in touch with the people at Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Our professional injury compensation lawyers are here to ensure you have a chance to consider making a no win, no fee claim, if we find you have a good case that should be answered. With our help you could get compensated for a misdiagnosis or a diagnosis that was not made at all.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown