Osteoporosis — Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Daniel Batlan, MD, serves as founder and medical director of Specialized Pain Management in Henderson, near Las Vegas, NV. There, Dr. Daniel Batlan treats patients experiencing pain related to osteoporosis and other degenerative, chronic, and acute conditions.
Osteoporosis is a common condition that causes bones in the body to become weak and brittle. It occurs when the regrowth of bone tissue cannot keep pace with the breakdown of older tissue. For some patients, this occurs due to rapid bone loss, while other patients develop the condition because of an abnormally slow bone growth rate.
Most common in older white and Asian women, osteoporosis causes the bones to become porous. They start to break due to minor falls and other traumas that would not cause serious damage to healthy bone.
Many people do not know that they have developed osteoporosis until they have broken a bone, though the disease makes itself known in some patients through a shortening of the spine. This takes place when the vertebrae begin to break down, which in turn causes the spine to curve or compress. In many cases, this causes the patient to experience back pain.
Physicians typically diagnose osteoporosis following a bone density scan. If the scan results determine that the person’s bones are porous enough that fracture is likely to occur in the next 10 years, the physician may develop a treatment plan that includes pain management and/or medication to strengthen bones.