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Osteoporosis of the Spine

Osteoporosis of the spine is very common and is an age-related process.  Individuals frequently develop thoracic and lumbar kyphosis.  (They lose vertebral heights and have compression fractures).  Until recently, the only help that was offered to individuals suffering from compression fractures was a brace support and boosting the amount of calcium delivered to the spine. 

Now there are advances with vertebroplasty techniques used to correct the compressed fracture where an injection of bone cement has reversed the kyphosis (so-called dowager's hump) as well as restored height and significantly reduced pain. 

Individuals that are candidates for vertebroplasty have had compression fractures or a painful fracture that is approximately 4 to 6 weeks old, which continues to cause significant pain.  The best way to treat osteoporosis of the spine is to avoid the condition altogether with the use of pre- and post-menopausal medications that can restore calcium for bone support.

 


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