Osteoporosis treatment can help prevent spine fractures and improve spine surgery results in as little as six weeks. Up to 700,000 spine fractures in the U.S. each year are caused by osteoporosis. And many of them occur spontaneously or with minimal activity, such as coughing or sneezing. Spine fractures commonly occur in the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spinal column. In fact, spine fractures are twice as common as hip and wrist fractures, which are frequently associated with osteoporosis.
The Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic at Neurosurgery One in Littleton and Lakewood, Colo., can help you improve your bone health and prevent osteoporosis-related spine fractures and lumbar fractures. If you have already experienced a compression fracture, improving your bone health can help prevent further fractures that can cause pain and lead to kyphosis, or a hunched back.
Build stronger bones before spine surgery
We also work with patients prior to spine surgery to strengthen their bones. By building healthier and stronger bones, patients will have improved and longer lasting outcomes after spine surgery. And you don’t need years to strengthen your bones. We can help you build stronger bones in six to 12 weeks.
Our Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic is part of Neurosurgery One, with offices throughout the Denver area. Our Denver neurosurgeons and pain management physicians are spine specialists who provide comprehensive care for back pain and neck pain, complex spine conditions, spine tumors and other spine related issues.
Patients at the Neurosurgery One Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic are assessed and treated by experienced certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We can see most new patients within 3 days and get you started on osteoporosis treatment immediately with measurable results within six weeks to three months.
Call to 720-638-7500 (Option 1 for Littleton and Option 2 for Lakewood) to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.
FAQs About Osteoporosis Treatment
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- What does the Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic do?
- Who will patients see at the spine fracture clinic?
- Why should I see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant in Denver for osteoporosis treatment?
- What are the most common types of spine surgery for spine fractures?
- Can I do anything to improve my bone strength before spine surgery?
- Can I improve my bone health after spine surgery?
- Can people without a spine fracture or needing spine surgery be seen at the Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic?
Conditions We Treat
What does the Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic do?
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, you’re at risk for spine fractures or lumbar compression fractures. In fact, just a 10% loss of bone density doubles your risk of experiencing a spine fracture.
If you are facing any type of spine surgery, such as spine fusion, osteoporosis or osteopenia increase the risk of failed surgery or difficult and lengthy recovery.
But this doesn’t have to be the case.
Our Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic can help you regain and optimize bone strength to:
- Prepare your bones for spine surgery to correct fractured vertebrae
- Prevent future spine fractures, lumbar fractures, lumbar compression fractures
- Aid in recovery following a spinal fracture or spine surgery
In our clinic, we:
- Evaluate patients for osteopenia and osteoporosis
- Measure bone density using DEXA technology and lab testing
- Prescribe medication to restore bone health
- Provide education on nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle modification to prevent further bone loss
Working with a spine fracture specialist six weeks to three months prior to spine fusion or kyphoplasty helps ensure a successful procedure with better outcomes, including less back pain. After surgery, an evaluation helps improve recovery, improve your overall health, and decreases the likelihood of future fractures as you return to normal activity.
Who will patients see at the spine fracture clinic?
Patients at Neurosurgery One’s Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic will work with either Cate McGraw or Stacey Buchan, who will conduct an assessment and develop a customized osteoporosis treatment plan for you.
Cate is a board-certified nurse practitioner who earned her master’s degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She specializes in neurosurgery with an emphasis in spine conditions and bone health.
Stacey received her Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Physician Assistant from the University of Toledo. She has a particular interest in gerontological practice. She is always engaged in continuing medical education so she can stay on the cutting edge of medical treatment advancements.
Why should I see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant in Denver for osteoporosis treatment?
At Neurosurgery One, our experienced nurse practitioners and physician assistants are able to spend extra time with you to understand your symptoms, walk you through your osteoporosis treatment options, and educate you every step of the way. They are easily accessible to answer questions and work closely with the Neurosurgery One’s Denver neurosurgeons and spine specialists.
In addition, you can be seen in the Denver area by our nurse practitioners and physician assistants within three days, rather than waiting weeks or months. This allows you to get on the fast track for osteoporosis treatment and improving your bone health.
What are the most common types of spine surgery for spine fractures?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that can effectively treat spinal compression fractures by injecting a small amount of cement into the vertebrae. Kyphoplasty involves inserting a small balloon into the spine first. This creates space for the injection of cement as well as heighten the compression. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure by our team of Denver spine surgeons and physiatrists at Neurosurgery One.
Can I do anything to improve my bone strength before spine surgery?
Many people mistakenly believe that bones that are weakened by osteoporosis can never regain strength. However, that is not the case. Osteoporosis treatment before and after spinal fractures and spine surgery can make a significant difference in your overall future health.
Making lifestyle changes such as incorporating weightbearing exercise into your exercise routine, eliminating smoking, and ensuring you have adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet (or through supplements) can all help improve your bone health.
Anabolic or bone building medications like Teriparatide and abaloparatide also may be recommended. These medications have been shown to increase bone mass and reduce the incidence of fractures. These medications are injectables. If recommended, our team at Neurosurgery One’s Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic work with you to monitor your first use of the injectable medication to give you peace of mind, confidence, and ensure there are no side effects.
Can I improve my bone health after spine surgery?
While improving your bone health prior to surgery is ideal, particularly when it comes to osteoporosis treatment, you can work on strengthening your bones—and improving your outcome from spine surgery—after the procedure as well.
Neurosurgery One’s Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic experienced nurse practitioner and physician assistant will work with you to create a lifestyle and medication plan that helps you strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of future spinal fractures.
Can people without a spine fracture or needing spine surgery be seen at the Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic?
If you have had a DEXA scan that indicates you are at risk of developing osteoporosis — or already have it– you can be seen at the Neurosurgery One Spine Fracture & Bone Health Clinic in Littleton and Lakewood, Colo., for osteoporosis treatment. We can help you take proactive measures to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis and suffering a fracture. This might include making lifestyle changes, taking medications to strengthen your bones, incorporating supplements for calcium and vitamin D into your diet, and monitoring your bone density through regular screenings. Our goal is not to treat spine fractures—our goal is to prevent fractures.