Osteoporosis (porous bone) is a condition where the density and quality of the bone is reduced. Bones become fragile and the risk for fracture is greatly increased. Loss of bone occurs silently and progressively and often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. Many times that comes in the form of a compression fracture in the spine which a condition treated at NovaSpine with a procedure called Kyphoplasty.
Osteoporosis effects women more than men because of the effects of menopause. During menopause, there is a decrease in the female hormone oesrtogen that plays a vital role in bone health. It is important that women over the age of 50 develop a plan for bone health including a healthy diet, a weight bearing exercise program and monitoring of blood levels pertaining to bone health including calcium and vitamin D. Although women are four times more likely to get osteoporosis, it can effect men as well.
At NovaSpine we are committed to our improving bone health for our patients. We have a number of therapies that we can suggest to you depending on your particular situation to improve your bone health and lessen your risk for fracture or repeat fracture. These therapies come in many different forms from oral medications, to injections, to IV infusions that are coordinated with a specialty physician.
We work closely with your primary care physician to provide the best care for your current and future bone health. As stated above, there are no symptoms of osteoporosis in most cases until a fracture occurs. It is important to report any acute severe episode of pain in the spine immediately so you can be evaluated for a fracture. This is particularly important if you know that you have osteoporosis.
At NovaSpine we take your bone health very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns we encourage you to speak to your provider or make an appointment today to talk with us so we can design a plan of care for you.