This Blog Covers:
- Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the density of bones, causing the tissues within them to decrease over time.
- Unfortunately, this condition can lead to a potentially life-threatening health problem: bone fractures.
- The spine specialists at American Spine explain how a minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty can help keep osteoporosis at bay.
Because we can’t physically see bones, we may put their health and well-being on the back burner to focus on other pressing health issues. As time goes on, a combination of poor lifestyle choices and the body’s natural aging process may lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Both conditions affect the density of bones, and both ailments can lead to bones fractures.
Osteopenia is a condition that causes a lower than normal bone density from the body’s inability to create bone material as quickly as it removes old bone. Osteoporosis, other the hand, is a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle from the lack of new bone creation over old bone removal. The frightening part about all of this is the condition does not produce physical symptoms until the patient experiences a bone fracture.
Remember those poor lifestyle choices we mentioned earlier? Well, osteoporosis is often the result of genetics, but it may also develop from a combination of the following over an extended period of time:
- Chronic steroid use
- Tobacco use
- Vitamin D or calcium deficiency
- Lack of physical activity
If you’re concerned about your osteoporosis, talk to your primary care physician about various treatment options available to slow the condition’s progression. If you’re already sustained a spinal fracture from this condition, call American Spine immediately. Depending on the size or location of the bone fracture, we may be able to perform a minimally invasive spine procedure called kyphoplasty.
Kyphoplasty stabilizes and restores the height of the spine with the help of a special cement and The KyphX® Inflatable Bone Tamp (IBT). During the procedure, an incision is made near the spinal fracture so the surgeon can use the IBT to inflate and fill the damaged cavity with cement. For more information on this procedure, visit our Treatments section.
This outpatient procedure can help keep osteoporosis in the spine at bay and prevent the condition from affecting nearby structures. The spine is left stronger and sturdier than before, allowing you to live the quality life you deserve. For more information about kyphoplasty, call American Spine today!
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.