Osteoporosis is a common condition among older men and women. If you have osteoporosis, you may be at a higher risk for fractures. To prevent injury, it’s important to take steps to slow the progression of bone loss and protect your spine.
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones in the spine become weak and brittle. This leads to an increased risk of fractures. Bones can become so fragile that mild movements like coughing or bending over can result in a fracture. Most common osteoporosis fractures occur in the hip, spine or wrist.
Our bodies continually make material to replace old bone. As we age, our bodies can’t keep up with the demand of bones wearing down. So, new bones are not replacing the old bone, leaving bones more fragile than normal.
Osteoporosis symptoms often don’t appear until bones are weakened. Some of the symptoms of osteoporosis include:
To treat osteoporosis, doctors commonly follow a conservative approach. This includes:
Your treatment plan may also include lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of fractures. To improve your bone health:
If you do experience complications from osteoporosis, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or fractured vertebra, the spine specialists at TriHealth and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine can help you find relief with treatment tailored to your condition.
Several risk factors put you at higher risk of developing osteoporosis:
Other risk factors include:
You can keep your bones healthy and strong by living a healthy and active lifestyle:
Take control of your osteoporosis and reduce your risk. To learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.