What are osteoporotic fractures? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash, MD
Osteoporosis is a common disease of the bones that can mean an increased risk of fracture in the vertebrae of the spine, due to weak, brittle bones. Because the bones are weakened, regular pressure can cause the bones to crack easily, meaning a fracture has occurred.
The main symptoms of vertebral fractures include sudden pain in the back, limited mobility, and increased levels of pain while walking or standing. With individuals living with osteoporosis suffer a fracture, it’s usually after completing a simple and routine fracture such as bending or lifting, but many times can be due to a fall.
To diagnose a vertebral fracture, your doctor will order an x-ray, CT scan, or an MRI. To treat it, physical therapy, massage, heat, or bed rest may be ordered, in addition to medication to help ease pain. Bracing might also be recommended to help stabilize the back and allow for healing. In some cases, surgical intervention is needed.
Are you wondering if you are living with this condition? Contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com. Dr. Cash can diagnose and help you create a treatment plan that best fits you and your situation.