Osteoporosis Treatment & Pain Management
Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting bones and causing them to become brittle and more fragile, increasing the risk for fractures from even sneezing or minor falls or bumps. Usually affecting the hips, spine, and wrists, osteoporosis is often not identified until a fracture occurs, and the damage has already happened.
Because of the dangers of this “silent disease,” seeking potential osteoporosis treatment options before an accident happens is wise for those who are at risk. The best treatment for osteoporosis is recommended after a bone density test has been conducted, and the structure of the bone can be evaluated. Especially for older adults who have broken a bone, it’s important to get tested in case osteoporosis treatment is necessary to fix current problems and prevent long-term conditions such as chronic pain.
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Common Osteoporosis Symptoms
Since osteoporosis is so likely to go undetected until a fracture has occurred, it’s essential to be aware of potential symptoms and seek treatment options for osteoporosis immediately after the first sign. Osteoporosis is most common in those ages 50 and older, who should be especially vigilant of the possible need for osteoporosis treatment.
- Pain in the Back
Pain experienced because of osteoporosis may be sudden and severe, worsening when you are standing or walking. Lying down may bring some relief, but the pain comes back with movement.
- Spine Curvature
While it’s healthy to have some gentle curves in the spine, abnormal curves that are misaligned or pronounced may be a sign of osteoporosis.
- Mobility Difficulty
If it is abnormally challenging to twist or bend down, osteoporosis treatment may be needed.
- Height Loss
Loss of height, especially in younger adults, is not normal and may be caused by the presence of vertebral fractures caused by osteoporosis.
Causes of Osteoporosis
Like the wide variety of symptoms of osteoporosis pain, the causes of osteoporosis are also varied. Some are uncontrollable, which is why it’s important to be aware if you’re at risk.
Bone health has strong genetic ties, which is why having a family history of osteoporosis is something to be aware of and why bone density measurement should be a consideration if a family has a history of osteoporosis, especially for those ages 50 and older.
- Lack of Calcium and Vitamin D
Optimal calcium intake is essential in order to maintain strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is why it’s also important to get adequate amounts of sun exposure.
- Nervous System Dysfunction
When the sympathetic or somatic nervous systems, which control involuntary actions in the body, malfunction, complex regional pain syndrome may result.
- Medical History
A number of diverse medical conditions may put you more at risk for osteoporosis, including thyroid conditions, low hormone levels, and chronic disease such as kidney disease.
Lifestyle factors including low levels of physical activity and weight resistance, smoking, drinking alcohol, and obesity may negatively impact bone strength.
Our Spinal Arthritis Pain Treatment Options
For sufferers of this condition, there are a number of treatment options for osteoporosis available from the pain specialists at Heilman Center to relieve patients of chronic pain. We get to work quickly to identify how osteoporosis is affecting the body and to recommend treatments that work for individuals’ personalized needs. It is possible to get back on the path to a healthy life with effective treatment of osteoporosis.
While osteoporosis may make it difficult to move without pain, physical inactivity can worsen pain levels. The pain specialists at the Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care work with patients to get them on a physical therapy program that is safe and effective to help strengthen bones.
A medication prescription can help those suffering from osteoporosis alleviate their pain and better function in daily activity. Heilman Center pain specialists work with patients to get them on a medication plan that is safe and works best for them.
Forteo is a series of daily injections near the spine or in other areas of brittle bone. The injections treat low bone density that puts patients at high risk for fractures and broken bones by increasing the number of cells that make new bone tissue.
MILD is an osteoporosis treatment that reduces pressure on the nerves resulting from the narrowing of the spinal canal, which alleviates pain and numbness. Pain specialists use tiny instruments to remove excess bone and tissue pressing on the spinal nerves.
Set Up a Consultation With a Pain Specialist
Pain from osteoporosis can be alleviated by the best treatment for osteoporosis from the pain specialists at the Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care. We have decades of experience helping patients better manage their pain with treatment plans that are tailored to their individual situations. Call 734-796-7555 to set up a consultation with a pain specialist. Break free from osteoporosis pain today.