May is National Osteoporosis Month
Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” because one can’t feel bones weakening. In fact, a broken bone is often the first sign of the disease, and the resulting fractures can be devastating. But there’s good news! Osteoporosis can be preventable and treatable. Learning the facts about osteoporosis, engaging in physical activity and eating a well-balanced diet are the foundation for good bone health throughout your lifetime. Even taking small, consistent steps can provide many positive benefits!
Osteoporosis and Spine Health
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae and are divided into regions: sacrum—the fused vertebrae at the bottom of the spine; lumbar—the five vertebrae above the sacrum; next is the thoracic region with twelve vertebrae that attach to ribs; and the cervical vertebrae of the neck. Osteoporosis most often affects the thoracic spine, with vertebral fractures and compression fractures leading to pain, loss of height, and a stooped posture called kyphosis.
Learn more and find resources to promote bone health at the National Osteoporosis Foundation.