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Dr. Douglas Linville II Dr. Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
26 years in practice
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'wedging of L2 to L5 vertebral body noted. Osteoporosis noted involving lumber vertebral bodies.' what does this mean? This is result noted in x-ray.

'wedging of L2 to L5 vertebral body noted. Osteoporosis noted involving lumber vertebral bodies.' what does this mean? This is result noted in x-ray.

Incorrect diagnosis: Osteoporosis can not be diagnosed on an xray. Unless: you have a low-energy fracture (utilizing who definition). However, this requires clinical history. Bone "density" is affected by xray technique and body mass. So do not lend much credence to the diagnosis. Wedging possibly scheuermann's disease vs. Osteomalacia from prednisone/uc/malabsorption. Dexa best test for bone density. Endocrine eval. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more


Dr. Nelson Sturgis Dr. Sturgis
Pediatrics
49 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I am 16 years old,have severe osteoporosis & lost a couple inches of height due to vertebral compression. Can this be corrected? What is the prognosis

I am 16 years old,have severe osteoporosis & lost a couple inches of height due to vertebral compression. Can this be corrected? What is the prognosis

Many causes of osteo: There are many causes of osteoporosis.it is important that you see in endocrinologist. There are many causes in diseases that may produce osteoporosis at your age. Prevent further harm to your body you need to consult as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can you replace a dissing your back and replace a vertebrae in your neck if you have osteoporosis ?

Can you replace a dissing your back and replace a vertebrae in your neck if you have osteoporosis
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Yes and no: Yes, you can replace a disc in your neck and a vertebrae in your back is the simple answer to your question. That being said, those are surgical procedures that are not traditionally done for osteoporosis. I would encourage you to be seen by a reputable spine surgeon who can discuss the operative and nonoperative options in your case. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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My father is 65, has been diagnosed with plasmacytoma in L4 of his vertebral column through an mri. Other finding is osteoporosis. How risky is it?

My father is 65, has been diagnosed with plasmacytoma in L4 of his vertebral column through an mri.
Other finding is osteoporosis. How risky is it?

It is a cancer: Plasmacytoma is a localized form of myeloma a cancer of the plasma cells. Most such patients ultimately develop generalized myeloma. But not all of them . There is fairly long survival possibilities with this condition when treated by an expert hematologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back ?

Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back ?

Depends: I would sure check with your personal physician. If you have had a fusion at L4 and it is well healed, there are not typically any restrictions with that. Push-ups can usually be done in patients with osteoporosis as well, as long as it is not too severe. Your doctor would know more about your individual case. ...Read more

Dr. Angus Worthing Dr. Worthing
Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Dr. Barry Waldman Dr. Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

Supportive therapy: Usually, compression fractures heal with medication and physical therapy. Some fractures are treated with injections or surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Singer Dr. Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
54 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression. Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?

I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression. 
Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?

Problems: I am sorry to hear of your issues. At your age height loss might be correctable but you had best hurry to an orthopedic surgeon. If the surgeon has already told you that improvement on your back is unlikely, please get one more opinion. Keep me posted please. ...Read more

Dr. Brendan Stack Jr. Dr. Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck
28 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Can osteoporosis be treated?

Can osteoporosis be treated?

Osteoporosis treat: Osteoporosis can be treated. At your age it would be unusual to go right to a prescription unless it was severe, you already had fractures, or other medical conditions you might have. For most people your age, a good diet and exercise will go a long way towards good bone health. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington Dr. Washington
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Is having osteoporosis serious?

Is having osteoporosis serious?

Yes: Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures which can lead to chronic back pain, hip fractures are also very serious and have increased morbidity and mortality. In other words people don't do well after hip fracture and may never fully recover. ...Read more

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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr. Dr. Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck
28 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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What is osteoporosis? Who gets it?

Osteoporosis.: Osteoporosis is demineralization (loss of calcium) of the bone. It comes in two types, osteopenia which is the condition of weakening bone which precedes osteoporosis. Risk factors include menopause, immobility, chronic steroid use, hyperparathyroidism, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio Dr. DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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What are some signs of osteoporosis?

What are some signs of osteoporosis?

Bone fragility: Easy fractures of bone under minimal or normal conditions. Repeated fractures, stress fractures, spinal compression fractures, etc. Loss of height due to spinal compression fractures. Back pain, developing back hump. ...Read more

Dr. PHILIP WALLER Dr. WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
29 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

None: Most patients have no symptoms associated with bone loss until a fracture occurs. It is important to obtain a dexa or bone density scan to measure bone density and see if osteoporosis or bone loss is occurring. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What organs are affected by osteoporosis?

Bone: Osteoporosis affects the strength of the bone, and can predispose patients to develop fractures. In severe cases, spinal deformities can develop which can ultimately also affect the heart, lungs, and GI tract. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What increases my chances of osteoporosis?

What increases my chances of osteoporosis?

DIet, no exercise &: An unhealthy diet is the biggest risk for osteoporosis. Sugar, sodas, excessive meat/protein, coffee, alcohol & smoking all acidify your body & leach calcium from bones. Lack of regular exercise & deficiencies of vit d & k also increase risk, as can malabsorption. See http://doctorklaper.Com/answers05.Html & http://www.Drdach.Com/wst_page6.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Salvagno Dr. Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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What is the layman's term for osteoporosis?

What is the layman's term for osteoporosis?

Brittle Bones: Osteoporosis results in "weakening" of the bones often leading to fractures. For this reason it is often described as "brittle bone " disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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What is the biological cause of osteoporosis?

What is the biological cause of osteoporosis?

Metabolic disease : Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease caused by lack of sunshine, poor quality diets (filled with junk food), lack of exercise, hormonal imbalances, immune system imbalances. ...Read more