Osteoporosis & Your Spine

Osteoporosis & Your Spine

Osteoporosis & Your Spine

Osteoporosis is a medical condition which results in bones becoming thinner, more fragile, and brittle. Osteoporosis generally develops as a result of aging, hormonal changes, or a deficiency of vitamin D or calcium. Women are more prone to Osteoporosis than men. Osteoporosis also has a tendency to progress more rapidly after a woman completes menopause.

Most people do not even know that they have Osteoporosis until it progresses and causes a fracture. For this reason, Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as a “silent disease.” Fractures due to Osteoporosis most often occur in the hips, wrists, or spine. When undiagnosed Osteoporosis results in a fracture within vertebrae of the spine, the pain may even be dismissed as general back pain. A lack of awareness and a proper diagnosis from a well-trained Spine Specialist can lead to serious health conditions.

It is important to realize that Osteoporosis alone does not cause spine-related pain. Instead, it is a weakening of the spine that results in vertebral fractures which causes the pain. A weak spine is very vulnerable to injuries due everyday stress and even minor trauma.

The good news is that Osteoporosis is very preventable and treatable. At Stridewell Same-Day Spine Clinic, our Spine Specialists can offer helpful guidance for those dealing with Osteoporosis. Stridewell Tips

Some people who have low bone mineral density will be diagnosed with Osteopenia instead of Osteoporosis. Those with Osteopenia have lower than normal bone density, but not low enough to be diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Osteopenia does put a person at greater risk for Osteoporosis, so seeking medical guidance and implementing preventive measures is strongly advised. However, it is important to note that not all people diagnosed with Osteopenia will go on to have Osteoporosis.

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