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Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is sometimes called “the silent disease” and with good reason. Early in the disease there may be no symptoms. Many patients only begin to suspect something is wrong when dull bone or muscle pain develops in the low back or neck.

As time passes, sharp pain may develop suddenly and last for several months. As osteoporosis progressively robs bone density or core bone strength, the risk for fracture increases. The wrists, hips, and spine are common fracture sites.

If left undiagnosed and untreated, osteoporosis can predispose you to sudden and painful spinal compression fractures. Such fractures may result in an overall loss in height.

Those spinal compression fractures may also cause the upper spine to curve forward. This forward curve is called kyphosis. A very severe forward curve is called hyperkyphosis. In serious cases of spinal osteoporosis, the nervous system is affected and you may experience numbness, tingling, or weakness. If you have severe kyphosis, you may also experience difficulty walking and problems with balance, which means you are at increased risk of falling and breaking other bones, such as the hips.

If you are past menopause, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or have chronic undiagnosed back pain, make an appointment to see your doctor. Early treatment is essential to preventing osteoporosis-related fractures. Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease. Men can develop this metabolic bone disease, too!

SOURCE: https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/osteoporosis/symptoms-osteoporosis


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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