Spinal fractures remains undiagnosed and untreated

International Osteoporosis Foundation in its new report have revealed that large number of spinal fractures remains undiagnosed and untreated in men and women aged above 50 years.

The report quoted that 20 to 25 percent of the Caucasian women and men who are above 50 years of age are suffering from spinal fractures.

In added that as much as 65 percent of the fractures in the spinal cord are due to osteoporosis which remain as undetected and patients treat them as just a back pain.

The report, written by Professor Harry K. Genant from University of California and Dr. Mary Bouxsein of Harvard Medical School, has named it as "The Breaking Spine."

The symptoms or evidences include the stooped back, decrease in height and sudden and severe back pain.

Doctors are expecting that the count of patients suffering from osteoporosis will get double and almost triple by 2050 due to poor diet and lifestyles.

OSTEOPOROSIS (OP) is that condition in bones getting thin and brittle.

In the United States, one out of every three women above the gae of 50 years is suffering from OP. But in males only a single is found out of 12 cases observed.

The causes other than low BMD which are responsible for osteoporosis in men are Corticosteroid ("steroid") treatment, low levels of the male hormone, testosterone, more alcohol intake and smoking, overactive thyroid gland activity, overactive thyroid gland activity.

The normal treatment given to males suffering from OP is 1,000 mg daily in older men and vitamin D. Op in men is rather preventable than in females.