What is osteoporosis and what does it look like

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become less dense, lose strength, and are more likely to break fracture . Some people describe bones with osteoporosis as Swiss cheese. Even the word, osteoporosis, is derived from the Greek osteo, meaning bones, and porosis, with holes. Osteoporosis happens mainly to women at midlife and later, but also can happen to men and children. In children, new bone forms more quickly than it breaks down so that bone is actually growing all the time. In adults,...

What is kyphoplasty Would it help my spinal fractures

Spine Exercise

Spinal (or vertebral) fractures are a major concern for men and women with osteoporosis because they can lead to severe pain and disability (see Question 84). These fractures can also lead to kyphosis (see Figure 13 in Question 83). The spine deteriorates and curves due to fractures in individual vertebrae. Most osteoporotic vertebral fractures are traditionally treated with pain medications and a gradual return to normal activities. Although back braces to prevent twisting and support the...

What types of medication are usually prescribed for osteoporosis

If you are told you have osteopenia or are diagnosed with osteoporosis, calcium and Vitamin D supplementation with appropriate exercise may not be enough to decrease bone loss or build bone. You may need a prescription medication. Some medications are only prescribed for women and others are prescribed for both women and men. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) advises that the following women receive prescription medication as part of their treatment for osteoporosis Postmenopausal...