There are several conditions that you need to be aware of as you get a little bit older. While spinal compression is not exactly something that exclusively affects older people, it is more common in those over the age of 60. To better understand the importance of this condition, you have to understand the factors and symptoms associated with it.
Spinal compression is often associated with smaller to more severe spinal fractures that have to do with pressure put on the back. These are often identified preliminarily by those that are experiencing back pain. This can be an early warning sign and can prevent serious later complications by getting these symptoms looked into. Instead of surmounting your aches to old age, which is never a specific indication of aches and pains. Continue reading
When the bones in the back become tender and brittle, osteoporosis is normally suspected. This condition leads to bones in the back being so porous that they can be fractured or broken easily. The healing process for fractures is slow because the bones are not in good shape any longer. This condition affects the spine most and then the hips and wrists can as well be affected. Lots of bone pain and neck pain are results of the condition.
The vertebrae bones are the bones most affected. When the condition is at its worst, the vertebrae could collapse because of body weight or even something as simple as coughing. If several fractures take place on the vertebrae it can lead to a person having a hunched back as well as a loss in height.
Osteoporosis can be a disabling disease and effects millions of people every year. The bones of a person suffering from this condition become brittle, break easily and the bones are difficult to repair. Many postmenopausal women suffer from this, because bone density is tied to estrogen and when there is a decline in this hormone, problems with bone structure can occur. Men are also at risk with those of small stature seeing an increased incidence.
There is good news on the front for those who have this condition. There are osteoporosis treatments that are effective in treating this condition. These drugs called bisphophohates, work by building bone and preventing the fragility that happens in osteoporosis. This treatment is proven to be safe as well as effective. The problem arises because often people fail to seek diagnosis for this condition. Because it is one of the silent diseases there are no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Post menopausal women are the most at risk. After the onset of menopause, women often loose twenty percent of their bone mass. Men, however are also at risk and the condition strikes those with the smallest bone structures and lowest body masses most often. Continue reading
Recent studies indicate that about 127 million Americans qualify as overweight or obese, according to the American Obesity Association (AOA), a trend that has been rising steadily since the mid-1980’s. And obesity is not exclus
ive to America, says the World Health Organization (WHO); once considered a health issue affecting only wealthy countries, obesity is now increasing dramatically in “third world” countries, especially in urban environments.
While the more serious health risks associated with obesity include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, another serious side-effect is chronic back pain. In one report, the AOA states that women who are obese are especially prone to lower back pain. Continue reading