Osteoporosis of the Spine

Description

Osteoporosis most commonly occurs in older women, and is a result of the loss of bone density, which weakens normal bone. Osteoporosis typically occurs in the spine and hips. 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).


Symptoms

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

 


Causes

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

 


Possible Treatment Options

Non Operative Treatment
Medications are frequently sometimes needed.

There are currently no surgical treatment options to treat osteoporosis. Non-surgical options should be discussed with your physician.

For more information on Osteoporosis of the Spine, visit UnderstandSpineSurgery.com.


If you suspect that you have signs or symptoms of a spine disorder, please see your doctor for further evaluation and discussion of treatment options.

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