Many people think about broken hips when they hear the word “osteoporosis,” but did you know that most fractures caused by osteoporosis occur in the spine? That’s right, about 700,000 people per year experience fractures of the spine due to osteoporosis. These fractures are known as osteoporotic compression fractures. Osteoporotic compression fractures can be painful, but luckily there are a variety of treatment options available. Here’s how they happen, how they’re detected and how they’re
Spondylolysis in Young Athletes with Dr. Terry
The World Health Organization estimates that most of us will have lower back pain at some point in our lives. For some of us, though, it will start early. Young athletes can be especially prone to lower back pain, and one of the most common causes in adolescent athletes is spondylolysis. What Is Spondylolysis? Spondylolysis is a term that describes stress fractures of the pars interarticularis, known as pars for short. The pars is an area of the vertebra (backbone) near the spinal cord.
Preventing Disc Herniation and Sciatica With Dr. Kupershtein
Back pain will affect most people at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. It is responsible for an estimated 149 million missed work days in the United States every year, and between lost wages, lower productivity and medical bills it costs the US economy between $100 and $200 billion per year. One of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc. In each vertebra, or backbone, there is a disc in the center that acts as a cushion. When the jellylike
Simple Tips For Avoiding Back Pain At Work
You might think of the office as a safe work environment. It's true that office work is safer than coal mining or high-rise construction work, but with all that sitting and computer use, an office environment can really do a number on your back. How the Office Hurts Your Back About 80 percent of people will have back pain at some point in their lives. Contrary to popular belief, scientific studies show little to no association between sitting and back pain. What sitting--especially sitting in