Fractures can be treated
Osteoporosis is far too common. A recent study done at Ohio state (Link here) demonstrated that women who ate diets high in inflammatory foods have greater age related bone loss than those who had diets higher in anti-inflammatory foods. The authors concluded that women should be encouraged to include healthy fats, like olive oil, vegetables and fruits as well as spices and herbs in their diet. ““These women with healthier diets didn’t lose bone as quickly as those with high-inflammation diets, and this is important because after menopause women see a drastic loss in bone density that contributes to fractures,” Orchard, one of the lead authors said. Getting the necessary amounts of Vitamin C and magnesium are also important for bone health.
If someone gets an osteoporotic compression fractures, all too often, they are told that there is nothing that can be done other than pain medication and rest. Sometimes braces are recommended although studies have not shown them to be particularly helpful. Patients are often left with significant pain, problems tolerating pain medication and even sometimes and inability to get out of bed. This does not however, need to be the case. A minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is available that can dramatically improve many patient’s pain. The procedure is called a kyphoplasty in which a balloon is introduced into the fractured vertebra through a small tube. The balloon can be inflated to restore some of the height of the fractured bone and then cement can be placed into the bone to stabilize it. Patients often have less pain after the procedure than they did before the procedure. Learn more in the video about the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoporotic compression fractures.