Silent Spine Fractures - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/18/07

Silent Spine Fractures

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Spine fractures are fairly common among patients with osteoporosis.  About 75 percent of spine fractures are called "silent spine fractures", meaning that the bone collapses with no signs or symptoms.  

Dr. Jane Cauley of the University of Pittsburgh says, "Women may be walking around without even knowing that they have a spine fracture, yet these silent spine fractures are associated with an increased risk of disability, loss of function, as well as an increased risk of mortality."

Dr. Cauley and her colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh have been reviewing the research on about 10,000 women, aged 65 and older, looking for spinal fractures to learn how they might be prevented.

That 15 year study that the University of Pittsburgh conducted is in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  The information is important to older women and to their doctors, because if osteoporosis can be prevented, we can get rid of the cause of these silent fractures.

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