Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the most common conditions to affect the bones. The condition usually occurs later in life and more commonly affects women. With osteoporosis, the structure and density of the bone change: the bone becomes porous. As a result, the bone is at risk of fracture. The disease can affect the entire skeleton as well as individual bones - such as the vertebral bodies.

A variety of factors can contribute to the cause. A lack of calcium and vitamin D, for example, hormone disturbances and lack of exercise. We always explore the reasons for your bone loss with you, however, in a personalised treatment consultation.

Diagram of vertebrae

Symptoms

Usually, the early stages of osteoporosis do not cause any symptoms since the bone starts to degenerate slowly and gradually. It is only when deformities or the first breaks occur that pain and limitations of movement are experienced. Vertebral body fractures not only cause curvature of the spine, but can also result in a loss of height. When they compress nerves, they can cause loss of nerve function.

Treatment

Conservative therapies, such as the administration of medication, are only suitable for stopping further bone loss or suppressing pain. To correct the changes that have already taken place and to restore damaged vertebrae, we use kyphoplasty. Another alternative comes in the form of stabilisation procedures (spondylodesis).