Osteoporosis and Vertebral Compression Fractures

Osteoporosis and Vertebral Compression Fractures

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.

Dr. Carrie Diulus is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon who is the Medical Director of the Crystal Clinic Spine Wellness Center in Akron, Ohio. Previously she practiced as a spine surgeon for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. Dr. Diulus is also a recognized leader in healthcare information technology. She practices patient centered medicine, looking for all of the factors that cause and influence a patient's spinal conditions to help achieve optimal spine wellness. As a result of lessons learned from struggling with her own weight and health, Dr. Diulus devotes a great deal of her time working in the spine and wellness communities to help reduce the obesity and diabetes epidemic. She was featured in “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” a documentary about living in a healthy way in a largely unhealthy world. She has co-authored several textbook chapters, presented at national and international professional meetings, and is published in the areas of orthopaedics, pathology and biomaterials.


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