Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that not everyone develops, but for those who do, can sometimes catch them off guard. This bone disease is more prevalent in women over the age of 50, and approximately one in three women will develop some form of an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime.
The vertebrae of the spine are the cement, which holds our upper bodies together. Osteoporosis is a bone condition that can occur, too, in the bones of our spines. People who develop osteoporosis of the spine most often have injury to the upper (thoracic) spine. When these bones become damaged, a person may feel debilitating pain, lose height in their spine, and develop a hunched posture. When the posture of the spine is manipulated it is called kyphosis.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we believe in delivering the best medical advice to each and every one of our patients. Dr. Burak Ozgur works using conservative treatment options and their expertise in minimally invasive procedures to better serve the residents of Irvine. Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease, which means nonsurgical interventions can be applied to treatment.
Bone health is important in all facets of our lives. Having a glass of milk at dinner isn’t enough to grow strong bones. Here are a couple of tips from ONE Brain and Spine to help prevent and slow down the development of osteoporosis.
- Identify the problem. Seek medical advice or a bone density scan from a doctor to get help and treatment early on.
- Choose a high calcium diet. Many people who develop osteoporosis have low calcium reserve. Calcium is not only found in milk but also cheese, yogurt, kale, broccoli, and much more! Introduce more vitamin D as well.
- Stay active. Bones tend to be more weak and frail when individuals live a sedentary lifestyle.
- Quit smoking/ limit alcohol. As a general health tip, don’t smoke and don’t drink excessively. Diet and lifestyle play a vital part in the development of osteoporosis.
- Consult with your doctor. Some medications could help delay or reduce the amount of bone loss.
Osteoporosis is not curable, but it is manageable. Ignoring the problem is never the solution for any health issue. If osteoporosis is affecting your life, contact a ONE Brain and Spine Center specialist today.
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.