Osteoporosis and the Spine

The International Osteoporosis Foundation says that 8.9 million people worldwide experience annual fractures from osteoporosis, equally an osteoporotic fracture roughly every three seconds. Women over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of experiencing such injury than men. Because our bones fall victim to wear and tear and aging, it is important that we take special precautions to reduce the risk of serious injury.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur and our skilled medical staff are equipped with the proper tools and treatments to help patients get their life back. With the most advanced minimally invasive procedures and other brain and spine treatments, Irvine and surrounding California residents can ensure the best and finest care.
As we get older, the bones of our spine weaken which can lead to serious spine pain and manipulation. When the vertebrae weaken, our spines are put at a higher risk for fracture. Our spine often takes on too much pressure from osteoporosis and results in a compression fracture. Falling, reaching, twisting, coughing, and even sneezing can cause a fracture of the spine.
A vertebral compression fracture usually occurs nearest to the waistline or close to the break in the bone. When this occurs, extreme pain is often felt, and the simplest tasks can seem unbearable.
If you experience a vertebral compression fracture, or feel spine pain at any degree, you should seek care immediately. Usually, a physician will request an imaging test; MRI scan, bone scan, an X-ray, and or a CT scan. Bone density testing can test for osteoporosis within the vertebral fracture.
The medical staff at ONE Brain and Spine wants each patient to get back to their normal activities as soon as possible. A conservative approach to treatment will likely be sought first, to avoid surgical intervention. Rest, pain medications, assistive devices such as a back brace may help the vertebral compression fracture heal.
If nonsurgical treatment doesn’t improve the diagnosis, a physician will consider surgical treatment. A kyphoplasty uses a balloon tamp to inflate and restore the height and shape of the vertebrae. The balloon tamp is then removed and a special bone cement is used to fill the cavity to strengthen the vertebrae.
Another surgical option is vertebroplasty. This procedure is very similar to a kyphoplasty but without a balloon tamp. During a vertebroplasty, a surgeon will insert the bone cement directly into the vertebrae using minimally invasive procedures.
If you or someone you know is affected by spine pain or may have a vertebral compression fracture, contact ONE Brain and Spine today! Don’t battle with spine pain any longer, and let us give you the tools to enjoy life again.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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