In our last post on spinal conditions, we talked about osteopenia and how it can affect your spine. In this blog, we’ll look at another condition that not many know about, but that affects more than 200,000 people in the United States every year. Paget’s disease is a medical condition that disrupts the replacement of old bone with new bone. It can be found in the skull, the pelvis, the legs, and the spine, and it’s possible for a person to have it and not experience any symptoms. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, our staff knows how to treat Paget’s and can help you find the right solutions for your spinal column.
Osteoblasts and Osteoclasts
Paget’s disease affects the cells in your body that are responsible for breaking down old bone and those that are responsible for building new bone tissue. Osteoclasts break down the bone, while osteoblasts build new bone, and if a person has Paget’s the osteoclasts may begin to break down bone tissue too quickly. When this happens, the osteoblasts kick into overdrive and try to compensate, which can lead to a host of problems. Bones can become deformed and even break, and a person may experience pain in the affected area.
When this condition occurs in the spine, vertebrae may become misshapen, which can put pressure on the nerve roots. This compression can lead to excruciating back pain, as well as tingling and numbness in the extremities.
Who’s at Risk for Paget’s?
As we said before, it is possible for someone to have Paget’s disease and not experience any symptoms. Those with a family history of the condition may be at a higher risk, and those over the age of 55 could have greater potential for developing the disease. If you feel that you may have the condition and that your spine may be affected, it’s best to meet with an experienced spinal doctor as soon as possible.
What are the Treatment Options?
Medications known as bisphosphonates, which are used to treat patients with osteoporosis, can also be used to treat Paget’s. The bisphosphonates are intended to reduce the breakdown of bone and normalize the functions of the osteoblasts and osteoclasts. There may also be dietary supplements and other medications that can aid in the slowing of the condition and the strengthening of the affected bones. Some cases may require surgery, but our staff will make sure you are aware of all of your options.
If you’re concerned that you may have Paget’s, or you’d like more information on spinal health and how you can avoid pain, please make an appointment with our clinic today. A spinal condition can greatly affect your life, and we want nothing more than to help you find the proper solutions and treatments.
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