All Osteoporosis Articles

Spinal Fractures - Spondylolisthesis - Scoliosis - Kyphosis - Lordosis

Injury, aging, general health, and lifestyle may influence the development of some conditions. Most spinal disorders are known to result from soft tissue injury, structural injury, and degenerative, or congenital conditions.

Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures: Recovery and Wellness

Steps to help you avoid osteoporosis or recover if you are undergoing treatment. Discusses the importance of what you eat (your diet should be calcium-rich, for one) and how often you exercise.

Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that mostly affects women but men and younger people of all ethnic backgrounds are at risk, too. Knowing your risks is important to prevention.

Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs): Clinical Study Supports the Benefits of Balloon Kyphoplasty

SpineUniverse presents Dr. Steven Garfin's comments about vertebral compression fractures and balloon kyphoplasty.

Discharge Instructions for Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty discharge instructions. These discharge instructions are printed with permission from Todd Albert, M.D. of the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Non-surgical Treatment of Osteoporosis

Drugs classified as bisphosphonates can help to slow the breakdown of bone often associated with osteoporosis.


Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease where bone mass and density are lost making bones extremely susceptible to fractures.

Vertebroplasty: Effective Treatment for Painful Vertebral Compressive Fractures

People suffering from persistent back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures are potential candidates for vertebroplasty.

Osteoporosis Research and Treatment Updates

Article includes current osteoporosis advances, research, and treatment information. Contains links to help you learn more and stay up-to-date on the latest in osteoporosis news today.

Osteoporosis Treatment and Pain Management

Osteoporosis can be painful and there are many options available to patients from pain management specialists.

Osteoporosis: Risks and Diagnostic Steps

Although osteoporosis cannot be cured, early diagnosis is important to halting disease progression.

Vertebral Fractures and Vertebroplasty

The term vertebroplasty refers to percutaneous (through the skin) structural reinforcement of the vertebral body using a special cement-like substance called ?polymethylmethacrylate acrylic cement? (PMMA).

Smoking and Osteoporosis

That cigarette could be putting you at risk for osteoporosis. Find out how smoking affects your bones and why you should stop if you want to have healthy bones, especially if you're a woman.

New Osteoporosis Drug Prevents Fractures and Breast Cancer

A new osteoporosis drug that may prevent fractures, heart disease, stroke, and cut the risk of certain breast cancers may be on the horizon. This article describes a 2010 study that highlights the risks and benefits of this medication.

Inhibiting Serotonin in the Gut May Cure Osteoporosis

Researchers found that a once-daily pill that prevents the release of serotonin in the digestive system may cure osteoporosis. While most osteoporosis treatments only prevent bone loss, this investigational drug actually helps build bone.

Study: Vertebroplasty Similar to Placebo

A study released in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vertebroplasty delivered similar results as a placebo procedure. The results were based on 131 patients who received either actual vertebroplasty treatment or fake vertebroplasty.

Substance in the Tequila Plant May Help Curb Osteoporosis

It’s well known that calcium is good for your bones, but new research shows that an ingredient in the agave plant (which is used to make tequila) helps your body better use calcium to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis. Learn more here.

How Effective is Vertebroplasty?

A study released in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vertebroplasty delivered similar results as a placebo procedure. Article includes a spine professional’s response about the significance of the findings.

Facts and Tips about Osteoporosis

Approximately 700,000 vertebral fractures occur each year. Many are caused by osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Screening Tip: Is it Time for Your Bone Density Test?

Osteoporosis screening and bone density tests are not just for women anymore! Doctors consider a bone density test as important to your health as a cholesterol test. Knowing your score is a first step to osteoporosis prevention.

Myths and Misconceptions about Osteoporosis

We now know that with diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, supplements, and drug therapies, osteoporosis is totally preventable, yet misinformation abounds.

Vegans Match Meat Eaters in Bone Health

A 2009 study found that the bone density of vegan Buddhist nuns and non-vegetarians are identical. Though vegans typically do not consume enough calcium and protein, findings show that they are not at an increased risk for osteoporosis.

Common Osteoporosis Questions

Many of the most common questions people ask about osteoporosis are answered here.

Types of Osteoporosis: Primary or Secondary

Some physicians classify osteoporosis as either primary or secondary. Classification may be dependent on whether the osteoporosis is age related or caused by a medical condition or medications that can interfere with normal bone reformation.

Osteoporosis: The Silent Thief

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile. This can cause loss of height, humpback (kyphosis), and debilitating pain. It's a "silent thief" because you often don't know you're losing bone density until you fracture a vertebra.

Osteoporosis: Treatment Goals and Prevention

Having osteoporosis does not have to mean a life of pain and inactivity. The four-fold goals in the treatment of osteoporosis are discussed here.

Preventing Osteoporosis Starts with Awareness

As you celebrate your Mom this Mother's Day, remind her that she can take active steps to prevent osteoporosis.

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

SpineUniverse and Kyphon partner to increase osteoporosis awareness and to educate people about prevention, screening and treatment.