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
Conference paper


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.


Vertebral fracture Osteoporosis Bisphosphonates PTH (1–34) Falls 


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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

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