Spinal Osteopenia, Osteporosis

Spinal Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are fairly common conditions. You will find the basic information about these conditions: definitions, dangers and links to detailed information about causes and remedies.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. How is Spinal Osteopenia or Osteoporosis diagnosed?A dexa scan (‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry', a test that measures the number of grams of bone per centimeter is the usual tool for diagnosis. A dexa scan is painless and takes only a short time. Most dexa scans cover both the hip and the spine.
  2. How do they tell if I have significant bone loss in my spine?The results of your dexa scan test are compared to those of persons in their peak bone mass years. They make this comparison because few people suffer fractures duringtheir peak bone mass years. The results of the comparison are reported in what is called a T score.

    T scores between +1 and - 1 show normal bone mineral density. Scores between -1 and -2.5 show Osteopenia and those below -2.5 indicate Osteoporosis.

    So Spinal Osteopenia is defined as a spinal T score on a dexa scan of -1 to -2.5 and scores of - 2.55 or more are considered Spinal Osteoporosis.

  3. Why should I be concerned if I have low bone density in my spine?Important question. Spinal fractures can happen at any stage of bone loss in the spine. These are not only painful but they can lead to Kyphosis or a back hump - somethingoften called a 'dowagers hump'.
  4. What can I do about Spinal Osteopenia or Osteoporosis?

    First, I assume that you have had some discussion of your situation with your health care provider. He or she will have made some recommendations.

    Second, many readers have found that successful treatment of Osteopenia really requires your own involvement. You need to educate yourself. This web site offers a number of pages about this condition. I suggest that you read a few pages each day until you have completed this section.

  5. It is important to figure out why you have developed bone loss. This is NOT a natural condition for persons under age 85 or 90. Readers who have taken time to figure out all the causes of their bone loss are often the ones who havethe greatest success. Go to: Causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
  6. Read the section about Natural treatments
  7. Read more about Spinal Osteopenia and Dowagers humps
    • Make a list of comments or questions to raise with yourhealth care provider.
    • Make a tentative plan of action.
    • Now make an appointment with your health care provider andgo over your questions and your plan.
    • Then follow the plan!

  8. Continue to educate yourself by reading on the subject. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Click here for Osteopenia updates newsletter

And good luck! You can stop and reverse spinal osteopenia and osteoporosis. But you need to follow an Osteopenia treatment plan. .Here are some useful links. Read each page and then use your back button to return to this page and read the next one. It may take a bit of time but it is time be well spent. So much in the work of reversing bone loss depends on you and you understanding of what you can do to help yourself.

And good luck! You can stop and reverse osteopenia. But you need to create and follow your Osteopenia treatment plan.