You’ve most likely heard of osteoporosis, but another condition known as osteopenia is almost just as common in America. Much like osteoporosis, osteopenia leads to decreased bone density that can increase the chances of a person experiencing a bone fracture. The decreased density isn’t nearly as severe as what can be found in someone with osteoporosis, but it can be serious nonetheless. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can help you discover if you have the condition, and if you do, find the proper treatment for it.
What Causes Osteopenia?
As with any bone-related condition, there can be many causes that lead to its development. Osteopenia is more commonly found in people over the age of 60, and women can be more at risk than men, but cases have been found in both sexes. A diet that is low in calcium can contribute to the development of osteopenia, as can excessive smoking and alcohol consumption. A lack of exercise and activity can also be a factor, and if left untreated, osteopenia can lead to osteoporosis.
Is the Condition Painful?
There are those living with osteopenia who never experience a fracture or any type of pain. Those who do experience fractures may not experience pain either, but a broken or cracked bone (especially in the spine) can lead to a change in posture or a loss of height. The extent and location of the break can be the main contributors to a person’s pain level, and it’s possible for someone to go for some time without knowing anything is wrong. If you’re over the age of 60 and you’re concerned that you may have osteopenia, it’s important to see a doctor right away.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Every patient is unique, and our staff strives to treat each patient as such. You may not have a fracture or a change in posture, but you may still have the condition or be at risk for it. There are prescription medications that can help protect and preserve bone mass, and it may be necessary for you to change some of your dietary and lifestyle habits to guard against the condition. Getting more exercise can also be beneficial, and our team will help you decide which course of treatment is best for you. You may also need to take a dietary supplement that adds more calcium and Vitamin D to your daily intake.
If you’re worried about developing osteopenia or osteoporosis, and you’ve experienced some pain and discomfort in your back, please make an appointment with us today. A spinal condition should never be left unchecked and untreated, and our team knows how to approach each situation with care and compassion.
You can call us at (970) 342-2220, fill out the form below, or visit our clinic at 4795 Larimer Parkway to make an appointment. You can also fill out all of your new patient paperwork online and send it to us through the Patient Portal or by faxing it to us at (970) 342-2221.