Osteopenia spine pain

Osteopenia spine pain. If you are experiencing spine pain and you have been diagnosed with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, it could be that you have a vertebral fracture. Why? 

Osteopenia, which is the medical term for loss of some normal bone density, does not in itself cause any pain. None. 

So if you are experiencing spine pain, you might want to consult with your health care professional. Describe the pain. Is it sharp or dull? Does it come on with specific activities or is it consistent and pervasive?

It is important to get persistent spinal pain checked out because it could be a sign of a vertebral fracture and if that is the case, you do want to get the opinion of a professional.

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia spine pain

Ostepenia spine pain.  The prevalence of osteoporotic fractures is very high.In the United States, for example, almost 1 out of 5 women 50 years or older will experience a fracture because of her bone loss. And for women who are at least 70, about half of them will experience a fracture in their life time.

It used to be thought that women in Asia had more protection. But research from China shows that "Epidemiological (have shown that  the incidence of osteoporosis in the population over 40 years of age is 16.1%, over 60 years of age is 22.6%, and over 80 years of age, it is as high as 50%." Increasing age seems directly related to increased bone loss.

Note: there are things that you can do to prevent and even reverse age related bone loss.  See:  A list of many ways to increase bone density as you age.

Spinal pain can be a sign of a fracture

Spinal pain can be a sign that you have a small vertebral fracture. If you have persistent spinal pain, it should be checked out.  Sometimes it may be muscular but you want to be sure. If there is a fracture, even a hair line fracture, you will want the advice of a health care professional.

Osteoporosis of the spine not only leads of fractures, but it can also produce pain and back deformities, such as dowagers hump (kyphosis), which can seriously affect a persons quality of life. So if you are experiencing Osteopenia spine pain, it is worth getting it check out.

Note: This site offers several short essays about Osteoporosis of the Spine.            Here is one: Treatment for back hump (Kyphosis) caused by Osteoporosis. But there are others.                                                                                                            If you go to the Index for this site, you will find a number of pages about back hump, dowagers hump and Kyphosis.  Just click on: Index