What is osteoporosis of the spine? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada

By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash


Osteoporosis is a well-known disease of the bones that causes the bones to become fragile, weak, and brittle.  It happens in both men and women, but is much more common in women, due to hormonal changes that occur after menopause. 

The symptoms of osteoporosis include joint pain, difficulty standing or walking, or difficulty sitting up straight.  You’ll notice that individuals living with osteoporosis often walk in a “stooped” position.  Osteoporosis in itself is not usually a painful condition, but can become extremely painful if a fracture occurs, which is common for individuals living with this condition. 

It’s recommended that individuals (mainly women) should be tested for osteoporosis if they are over age 65, have an abnormal spine shape, have type 1 diabetes, have liver, kidney, or thyroid disease, or have a family history of osteoporosis.  In addition, for women who have gone through menopause early, or individuals that are taking medications that lead to increased risk of osteoporosis should also be tested. 

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy or calcium and vitamin D supplements. 

To prevent osteoporosis, make sure you take enough calcium and vitamin D and reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine.  In addition, staying active physical is a great way to keep your bones (and the rest of your body) healthy and strong. 

Are you wondering if you’re living with osteoporosis or are you concerned that you may be at risk for developing 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.

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