Osteoporosis & Herniated Disc + Back Pain Prevention
By Dr. Melissa Macias
South Texas Brain & Spine Center
Osteoporosis is a common problem that involves the spine. As the population gets older, we are seeing this more often. What happens in Osteoporosis is that the bone density decreases, therefore the strength of the bone is compromised. A minor trauma such as sitting firmly on a chair can cause a compression fracture.
The treatment is pain medications and bracing that allows for the bone to heal. This bone fracture can lead to significant pain that alters or limits a person’s mobility. One treatment that we do for Osteoporosis is a minimally invasive procedure called vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. This is very effective in stabilizing the fracture and helping patients get pain relief, so they can be active and mobile again.
Back Pain Prevention
Back Pain is a very prevalent problem in our society. It’s one of the most common reasons for visits to the emergency room or to see your primary care doctor. There are many things we can do to prevent back pain such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, strengthening core muscles, and strengthening back muscles.
Body mechanics is also very important. For example, when lifting, it’s better to bend at your knees rather than bending forward at your waist.
If you or a loved one is experiencing back pain, please contact Dr. Melissa Macias at South Texas Brain & Spine Center.