Osteoporosis has been, for the past years, a large cause for concern in the medical industry as it has afflicted over 44 million Americans. The term literally translates as “porous bones,” and it is a degenerative condition characterized by some bones’ loss of density and strength. The subsequent weakness leads to increased risks of breaks and fractures.
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The medical condition can cause degeneration in any bones in the body, including arms, legs, hips, and more. But the most common part of the body that osteoporosis affects is the vertebrae of the spine.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis is also called the “silent thief” because it develops and progresses without any evident symptoms or causing any pain. When it targets the spine, the vertebrae slowly weakens and can eventually cause vertebral compression fracture, where some of the bones crack, collapse, or flatten. These can result in a loss of height and a curvature of the spine, which, in some extreme cases, can disrupt the function of internal organs.
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It is important to note that the damages in the human body caused by osteoporosis cannot be reversed. Thus, there should be a proactive effort in the care of the spine to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Yazdi specializes in the management of chronic spine pain. He currently holds practice at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C. Learn more about his work by following this Twitter account.