European Spine Journal

, Volume 12, Supplement 2, pp S147–S154

The aging spine: new technologies and therapeutics for the osteoporotic spine

  • Joseph M. Lane
  • Michael J. Gardner
  • Julie T. Lin
  • Marjolein C. van der Meulen
  • Elizabeth Myers
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DOI: 10.1007/s00586-003-0636-6

Cite this article as:
Lane, J.M., Gardner, M.J., Lin, J.T. et al. Eur Spine J (2003) 12: S147. doi:10.1007/s00586-003-0636-6

Abstract

Osteoporosis results in low-energy fractures of the spine. The load necessary to cause a vertebral fracture is determined by the characteristics related to the vertebral body structure, mineral content, and quality of bone. Radiographic techniques centered on dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) permit a determination of bone mass and fracture risk. Current medical therapies principally using bisphosphonate and pulsatile PTH profoundly decrease the risk of fracture (50+%). Fall prevention strategies can further decrease the possibility of fracture. A comprehensive approach to osteoporosis can favorably alter the disease.

Keywords

Vertebral fractureOsteoporosisBisphosphonatesPTH (1–34)Falls

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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph M. Lane
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael J. Gardner
    • 1
  • Julie T. Lin
    • 1
  • Marjolein C. van der Meulen
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Myers
    • 1
  1. 1.Metabolic Bone Disease ServiceHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA