Osteoporosis, or low bone density, is a common condition that creates thin or weakened bone. The condition often is associated with aging and affects women more frequently than men (though men also may have the condition and often are mis-or-undiagnosed).
The bones weakened due to osteoporosis are highly susceptible to fracture, which often occurs in the spine as a vertebral compression fracture.
When a patient comes to Denver International Spine Center (DISC) complaining of significant back pain, our team’s first step is to determine the presence of osteoporosis and find the underlying condition that has caused it. We learn the patient’s health history, medical needs, and lifestyle goals. Then, we work with the patient and family to create a customized treatment plan. Often, the treatment may include bracing, medication, holistic pain management and rest for a month or more. We may also bring in other experts from our network at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, such as a rheumatologist or endocrinologist to help manage the osteoporosis and prevent future fractures.
When less invasive options are not successful, our team may recommend the minimally invasive injection of cement to strengthen the bone—kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty.
No matter what your treatment plan includes, we work closely with you and your family to ensure you understand the condition, your options and long-term outlook. We want to partner with you to get you back to the life you want to be living! Call us now at (303) 762-3472.