Here's a few quotes from an article on the New York Times web site entitled "Along the Spine, Women Buckle at Breaking Points":
..while vertebral fractures are a telltale sign of bone loss among women over age 50 and men over age 60, most who suffer them are unaware of the problem and receive no treatment to prevent future fractures in vertebrae, hips or wrists, the bones most likely to break under minor stress when weakened...
Most vertebral fractures do not come to medical attention at the time of their occurrence. One reason is that the pain may be minimal at first or, if more severe, attributed to a strain that subsides over a few weeks....
cautioned in their article against rushing into two invasive procedures that have become increasingly common in this country: vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. During these procedures, a kind of cement is injected into the compressed vertebra to stabilize it. ...
The article suggests that medication intervention is recommended in treating osteoporosis; many people do not agree with this assertion. However, the mention of medication isn't pushy and isn't the focus of the article.
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