Spinal osteoporosis is the result of bone density loss which weakens the bones. It arises when old bone tissue is removed faster than new bone tissue is made. While it may appear in men, this condition typically affects older women and lead to breaks or fractures in the spine. These fractures can be incredibly painful and eventually lead to immobility.
Unfortunately, spinal osteoporosis is known as the “silent disease” because it shows no physical symptoms in its early stages. However, as the condition progresses, there are several signs that may signify weaker bones and spinal osteoporosis. If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you may have this condition.
1. Intense Sudden Back Pain From an Unknown Cause or Fracture
Intense, sudden back pain that appears out of nowhere, or after a fracture that was prompted by an injury, may signify that you have spinal osteoporosis. If you experience sharp back pain for no explainable reason, you may have a fracture due to spinal osteoporosis.
In the event that you’ve experienced a fracture after a sudden movement, slip, or another minor incident, you could be suffering from weak bones and should get assessed for this condition.
2. Posture Changes
Following sudden back pain or a fracture, you may notice a stooped posture where you are constantly bent over. Your poor posture may interfere with your ability to participate in daily activities and live independently. In addition, you may find it difficult to breathe because your poor posture has given your lungs less room to expand within your chest.
3. Loss of Height
Although some loss of height may occur naturally due to aging, it happens at a more rapid and extreme pace in patients with spinal osteoporosis. If you have noticed that you’re more than an inch shorter, you may be living with this condition.
While there is no cure for spinal osteoporosis, there are several treatments that may be effective in minimizing, stopping, or reversing bone loss. Some of these treatments include a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and prescription medications.
Schedule an Appointment at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region
If you are wondering whether you have spinal osteoporosis, schedule an appointment at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, formally Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists today. Our team of board-certified spine and pain experts will evaluate your medical history and perform a medical exam as well as a bone density test to accurately measure your bone thickness and make a proper diagnosis. Since early diagnosis is the key to treating some of the later consequences of spinal osteoporosis, be sure to contact us as soon as possible.