Osteoporosis Treatment and Pain Management
Have your bones become weak or brittle? Do you find yourself fracturing or breaking bones from simple, straightforward activities that you’ve done for your entire life? If so, then you may be suffering from osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease that causes bones to become weak or brittle over time, particularly in elderly individuals who may have fallen. The bone mineral density is actually reduced to a lower level, and as the bone architecture deteriorates, proteins are also altered.
What many patients do not realize is that bone is actually living. We think of our organs as living, but oftentimes we don’t associate our skeletal structure as a living part of our body. In layman’s terms, osteoporosis occurs when new bone generation cannot keep up with the attrition rate of old bone.
The result? Bones that break easily and a condition that can be painful and interfere with your daily life.
What are the symptoms?
In many cases, there aren’t really any warning signs in the early stages, but you may experience one of more signs once your bones start to soften and break down:
- Frequent bone injury doing basic activities
- Stooped, hunched over posture
- A collapsed vertebra, which will likely lead to back pain
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to consult with a pain management doctor who can help treat and manage the pain you are experiencing.
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Anyone can be affected by osteoporosis, regardless of age or race. However, White and Asian women in their 60s and older are the most common groups affected by this condition.
By following a healthy eating plan and following a light weight training regiment, you may be able to combat the symptoms of osteoporosis.
What are my treatment options?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia is committed to providing osteoporosis sufferers with minimally invasive treatment options. While osteoporosis cannot be reversed, there are medications and therapies available to slow bone loss and help manage the pain associated with osteoporosis.
Here are just a few of the treatment options:
- Supplements. Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D are all important for managing osteoporosis
- Physical therapy. In some cases, physical therapy can improve symptoms
- Medications for bone loss (used sparingly)
- Injections for pain (including cement injections called a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty)
And more. We have a conservative approach to pain care, meaning we do not rely heavily on medications (or surgery) as part of the treatment algorithm unless absolutely necessary. In many cases, powerful pain medications have been shown to make patients feel worse, not better.
What should you do now?
If you are experiencing pain due to osteoporosis, seeking treatment from experienced pain management doctors is the first step. At The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we’ll help manage, and potentially reduce the pain you are experiencing due to your bone loss condition, osteoporosis.
Don’t wait to seek treatment. You’ve suffered enough pain and we can develop a treatment plan to help reduce your pain with our unique approach. So what are you waiting for? Contact our location nearest you.