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Osteoporosis Of the Back and Spine

Osteoporosis is a chronic metabolic bone disease that has no symptoms until a bone is broken. By the year 2020, more than 61 million women and men over 50 will be affected by osteoporosis in the United States. 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 years, and 1 in 5 men will have fractures related to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Some studies claim that the rate for women is closer to 1 in 2!

Fractures among the elderly can be significant and result in chronic back pain, hip disability and death.

Spine fractures caused by osteoporosis are known as vertebral compression fractures. They can result in back pain that makes it difficult to stand, walk or lift objects.

Broken hips have a 15-20% risk factor for mortality in the first year.

Between 20-50% of patients who have had a hip fracture will require nursing home care.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis of the Spine

  • Loss of height (vertical compression fractures)
  • Malformed or curved spine (Kyphosis)
  • Pain localized to the spine
  • Pain in extremities (radiculopathy)
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Difficulty lifting objects
  • Low bone mineral density test results
  • Previous osteoporotic break
  • Poor balance

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Between 33-50% of women over 50 may develop osteoporosis
  • 20% of men over 50 will develop osteoporosis
  • Prevalence increases for men and women over 50
  • Risks are higher among Caucasians and Asians
  • Family history
  • Small body frames are at higher risk

I may have osteoporosis in my lower back. Is there a regenerative treatment that will safely strengthen my spine?

When you consider the prevalence of osteoporosis, it makes sense to pursue a preventative strategy, especially if you have recently lost height, which can be caused by vertebral compression fractures that you not have noticed. Also, any change in the shape of your spine can indicate that you are developing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Unfortunately, most patients don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their chronic back pain forces them to see a doctor, or they break a bone. Dr. Greenberg has been assessing and treating patients with osteoporosis of the back for over twenty years using natural, regenerative treatments with excellent results.

One of the best paths for fighting spinal degeneration caused by osteoporosis is to pursue a strategy of back regeneration. It starts with a Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis that includes a comprehensive examination and review of all pertinent film and studies. Dr. Scott Greenberg will determine if you are a candidate for Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT).

Kinetic Regeneration Therapy is an effective method developed by Dr. Greenberg that treats your injured vertebrae, back ligaments and any other affected muscles and joints in your back. The treatments initiate a natural, healing cascade that regenerates cartilage, ligaments, bone structures and may improve bone density levels. KRT treats you holistically, renews you physically and seeks to rekindle a feeling of wellness so you become a healthier and happier YOU.

How does KRT improve spine and back structures affected by osteoporosis?

Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT) uses Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments and Stem Cell Treatments. Dr. Greenberg may suggest one or a combination of the three. All three treatment modalities are excellent alternatives to pain management or surgery. They are natural, non-toxic treatments, and unlike current medications for strengthening bones, they have no serious adverse effects.

KRT’s Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cells treatments synergize the natural healing effects of prolotherapy by increasing the concentration of healing factors and stem cells in the vicinity of your back injury.

The KRT treatments that use Platelet Rich Plasma are derived from your own blood and administered by Dr. Greenberg. The synergized treatments may contain cytokines or healing factors such as Interleukin 8 and growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF). PRP will also contain some stem cells.

The KRT treatments that use natural stem cells contain your own mesenchymal stem cells which are multipotent and can differentiate into osteoblasts to build bones; chondrocytes to build cartilage; adipocytes to build fat. The recently identified human skeletal stem cells (HSSC) may also be present. They can regenerate bone and tissue. There is a factor called A2M that blocks arthritic proteins, and IL-1RA, which moderates inflammation. The presence of bone morphogenic proteins (BMP), transcription factors, exosomes all combine to give the stem cell cocktail its regenerative pop.

A typical treatment course may call for several injections performed every 3 weeks over several months. If we find additional areas that are causing pain along your back and spine during the procedures, we will try to fix those as well.

Kinetic Regenerative Therapy is an excellent choice for those who are looking for an alternative treatment that will improve back functionality that has been degraded by osteoporosis. Our team treats the whole person, not just your symptoms. We work to renew you physically and improve your overall sense of wellness, both emotionally and physically.

If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at (833) 440-4325.

References:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: Office of the Surgeon General; 2004

An overview and management of osteoporosis; Sozin, Ozisk, Basaran;Eur. J. Rheumatology, 2017 Mar; 4(1): 46–56.

Intra-Articular Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Hip Injection May Result in Osteogenesis Depicted as an Increase in Femoral Neck Bone Density.; Ahmed, M.A. and Panagos, A. (2014) Open Journal of Regenerative Medicine, 3, 39-42.

Identification of the Human Skeletal Stem Cell; Chan, Gulati, Sinha, Weissman, Chang, Longaker, Cell, Vol.1, P43-56, Sept. 20, 2018

Intra-Articular Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Hip Injection May Result in Osteogenesis Depicted as an Increase in Femoral Neck Bone Density; Marwa A. Ahmed, Andre Panagos; Open Journal of Regenerative Medicine, 2014, 3, 39-42

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