Treatment Options for Relieving Spine Pain Caused by Osteoporosis

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If you have osteoporosis, you probably had no idea that it was developing. As osteoporosis progresses, your bones slowly become weaker and your risk of breaking a bone increases. You may not realize you have osteoporosis until you fracture a bone.

Types of Fractures

There are several common types of fractures in people with osteoporosis, including:

Each of these fractures cause pain. Those that affect your spine can be especially troublesome because you may not be aware you have a fracture and simply think your back is achy.

Treatment Options

The most appropriate and effective treatment for your osteoporosis pain depends on multiple factors. Chronic pain can affect your life in many and unexpected ways, but there are several different treatment options that our medical staff at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis may recommend.

Exercise

Your doctor at Vascular Access Centers may recommend exercise to combat the progression of osteoporosis. Experts have known for some time that exercise, particularly strength training and weight-bearing exercises, increases bone mass. More recent research shows that flexibility training such as yoga or tai chi can help improve chronic pain.

Before you begin any exercise regimen, you should talk to one of our doctors. Compression fractures can occur from simple activities that don’t appear dangerous, so you want to be certain that your bones are strong enough for the exercise you’ve chosen to pursue.

Medication

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are often used to control spinal pain associated with osteoporosis. There are risks, though, and NSAIDs are usually recommended only as a short-term solution. Your care provider at Vascular Access Centers considers your personal medical history when recommending what type of NSAID is likely to work best for you.

Opioids are also sometimes appropriate and effective to control osteoporosis pain. But you may have valid concerns about using opioids. There are side effects you may find uncomfortable, and there is the issue of addiction, which is widespread.

If you’d like to explore your options, book an appointment online or by phone at Vascular Access Centers today. Our staff is happy to provide you with suggestions tailored to your unique situation.

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