What is Osteoporosis of the Spine?

Osteoporosis is the result of the loss of bone density, which weakens the normal bone increasing its likelihood of breaking.  Osteoporosis is most commonly seen in older women and typically occurs in the spine and hips.  Since we are analyzing the effects of Osteoporosis of the spine, the loss of bone strength, particularly in the elderly, can lead to spine fractures following minimal trauma.  These fractures can be very painful and often heal in a position that leads to increasing curvature of the spine (kyphosis).

Osteoporosis Symptoms

  • Sudden onset of sharp back pains brought on by fractured bone
  • Loss of height
  • Abnormal curvature of spine

Osteoporosis Causes

  • Loss of calcium or lack of vitamin D
  • Women susceptible after menopause
  • Mild trauma
  • Aging process
  • Family history

Osteoporosis Treatment Options

Medications are frequently needed to manage the pain involved.  There are currently no surgical treatment options to treat osteoporosis.  Any non-surgical options should be discussed with your physician.  Osteoporosis treatment is about preventing further bone weakening, augmenting bone density, thus preventing bone fractures while effectively managing the pain associated with it.

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