There are more than 25 million Americans who have Osteoporosis-which puts this nutritional deficiency at an epidemic level.
Most people believe Osteoporosis is a disease that is dependent solely on estrogen and calcium. Studies are now showing Osteoporosis can be slowed, (not stopped), through the use of calcium supplements and hormone therapy in menopausal women. Since it is now fairly common knowledge that hormone replacement could increase the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and heart attacks, we should look at all options for prevention and treatment of Osteoporosis.
There are several drugs out now such as Fosomax, Boniva and Actonal that increase bone density. Though as with all drugs they have significant side affects.
So what other choices do we have if the first two aren’t risks we want to take?
People can protect themselves without the use of drugs and take a look at protecting against bone loss naturally.
According to Dr. Ray Strand we need to look at bone as active, living tissue that is continually remodeling itself by “bone forming” and “absorption of bone ” activities. This means our bones are always involved in biochemical reactions that rely on different micronutrients and enzyme systems. So like any tissue, it has nutritional needs. Since the American diet is deficient in essential nutrients that our bones need to stay healthy-it would make sense that inadequate intake of these nutrients could lead to Osteoporosis.
Since nutrients work in synergy with each other it is imperative that calcium is not the only nutrient present.
Again, according to Dr. Ray Strand, in order for us to reduce fractures we must pay attention to these 3 factors.
-Preserving adequate bone mass
-Preventing the loss of the protein matrix
-Making sure the bone has ALL the right nutrients to repair and replace damaged areas of bone
The specific nutrients needed for bone health are:
-Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12
If you have normal bone density it is wise to supplement your diet with the above nutrients so your bones remain healthy. Also, begin weight bearing exercises 3-4 times a week as it stimulates bone growth.
If you have significant Osteoporosis, consider adding bone density drugs and follow the regime above.
The bottom line is Osteoporosis is clearly evident in both men and women and not solely a calcium and estrogen problem. If you supply your bones the proper nutrients and do weight bearing exercises, there is a much better chance of building bone and avoiding Osteoporosis.
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Vertebroplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reduce pain caused by spinal fracture. Stabilization of the spine is achieved through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. In most instances, the procedure only requires an hour to complete. During the procedure, physicians make a small incision in the patient’s back near the spine. Patients suffering from compression fractures in the spine may require this procedure to relieve pain.
What to Expect From the Procedure
During the outpatient procedure, patients will be treated with local anesthesia and also light sedation medication as preparation. While sedated, surgeons guide the biopsy needle into the fractured vertebra. The needle is guided through the small incision by X-ray technology. When the area of concern is reached, acrylic bone cement will be injected into the fractured vertebra. The material should be under pressure for the best results.
After the needle is removed, the cement will harden within 10 minutes. An internal cast will be formed as the acrylic cement dries. This procedure will stabilize the bone by filling the spaces created by the fracture. After the procedure is complete, the small skin puncture will be covered with a bandage.
After the procedure is complete, the patient will be discharged and can go home the same day the procedure occurs. Restrictions may include: Patients cannot drive themselves home the day of the procedure or an overnight hotel stay may be required if home is a significant distance from the outpatient clinic.
In rare occasions, there are complications. If complications occur, patients may be required to remain in the hospital for a short period of time. Patients with no at-home assistance may also be required to remain in the hospital until they can resume normal activity.
Recovery from Vertebroplasty
Bedrest is typically recommended for 24 hours after the procedure. As the incision heals, normal activity may resume. For a few days, most patients experience soreness at the site of the incision. Most physicians recommend an ice pack to alleviate the soreness.
To prepare for the procedure, physicians typically request patients cease all medications. Most medications can be resumed within the first week of the procedure. Consult with a physician before resuming any medications. Certain medications may interfere with the healing process.
Most patients experience at least a 90 percent or better pain reduction within the first 24 to 48 hours. Once the pain is reduced by 90 percent, patients can resume daily activities. The procedure can relieve pain associated with compression fractures in the spine for up to three years after the procedure is complete.
What Type of Medical Professional Will Perform the Procedure?
Patients can expect a neuroradiologist, neurosurgeon, pain management physician, radiologist or orthopedic spine surgeons to perform the procedure. The medical professional who performs the procedure should understand acrylic bone cement preparation. Specialists should be trained to ensure the delivery of the material occurs in a safe manner. Patient care protocols and patient selection criteria is also important in the training of medical professionals specializing in this procedure.
Potential Risks Associated with the Procedure
There are few complications associated with the procedure. In fact, less than three percent of patients experience complications. When patients experience complications, the complications typically include bleeding, infections, paralysis, numbness and increased back pain. Some patients may also experience nerve root compression, venous embolism, pulmonary embolism or anesthesia complications.
Because of the cement injection and the level of pressure associated with the injection, there is a risk of cement entering the vertebral canal. No conclusive evidence shows that this procedure increases the risk of a second compression fracture in the same area, but it is always a possibility of a patient with stress fracture to experience another fracture.