Osteoporosis can be vicious because it sneaks up on its victims over a period of time, often without the sufferer realizing it’s the source of his or her pain. One of the most common osteoporosis related injuries we treat at Advanced Radiology is the vertebral compound fracture (VCF). In honor of May being National Osteoporosis Month, we would like to share the common symptoms of VCF so that you and your loved ones can determine if VCF is affecting you.
Loss of Height. As the vertebrae that shape the spine degrade, other vertebra slide down into their former places, resulting in some patients losing as much as six inches from their height.
Stomach Problems. As the spine shortens, the stomach can become compressed and bulge outward causing (sometimes) visible deformity, and cause disruption to the digestive functions including constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
Hump back / slumped neck and shoulders. As the upper spine loses proper support from the lower back, the neck and shoulders begin to slump forward, and can be a cause of poor posture as well as neck, back and shoulder pain.
Hip pain. As the rib cage gets closer to the hips due to spinal compression, it can actually rub against the hips, causing pain and discomfort.
Breathing problems. Sever spinal compression can also interfere with proper lung function causing shortness of breath, or difficulty inhaling.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, consult with your primary care physician. If diagnosed with VCF, Advanced Radiology offers the latest minimally invasive procedures that can help restore the form and function of your spine, vertebrae and sacrum. To schedule a consultation, contact our office at 855-201-1519.