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Osteoarthritis 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.

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