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Spine-health.com’s Osteoporosis & Spine Fracture Info Hub provides a new way for patients at risk or already suffering from osteoporosis to proactively identify and battle debilitating spine fractures.
Chicago, IL, June 1, 2006—Spine-health.com, the leading online medical journal for patients with back and neck problems, is making available premium quality content that informs and empowers patients and caregivers to take action on behalf of those affected by osteoporosis and spine fractures.
Unique to the Web, Spine-health.com’s new Osteoporosis & Spine Fracture Info Hub teaches patients to identify what a spine fracture feels like, how to get a fracture diagnosed, and what the latest in treatment options are for fracture-related pain and disability. The site is located at http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/osteoporosis and offers visitors peer reviewed, professionally written, unbiased articles; procedure animations; patient-to-patient insights and advice; and other free tools to fight back against thinning bones.
At least 44 million Americans, about 80% women, are impacted by osteoporosis—which can weaken the spine to the point where it can no longer sustain even minor trauma (like sneezing or rolling over in bed), resulting in a painful spine fracture. About 750,000 people suffer osteoporotic spinal fractures each year, which can result in chronic pain, decreased physical function, spinal deformity (e.g. dowager’s hump), social isolation, and even increased mortality rates. Unfortunately, only about one third of the fractures are even diagnosed, as it is often difficult to see this type of fracture on an x-ray and back pain complaints by elderly women are often dismissed as a general part of aging or simple muscle strain. According to research conducted by Spine-health.com, less than 25% of people are aware that the most common outward sign of osteoporosis is in fact a fracture.
Spine-health.com’s Osteoporosis & Spine Fracture Info Hub provides a new way for patients at risk or already suffering from osteoporosis to proactively identify and battle debilitating spine fractures. Visitors to http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/osteoporosis.html can now access the myriad of highly-regarded Spine-health resources about osteoporotic spine fractures all from a centralized information “hub”, learning about who’s at risk for osteoporosis and spinal fractures; the critical role of diet, exercise, and osteoporosis medications in fracture prevention; and minimally invasive surgical techniques like vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for treating spine fractures. Visitors can also view interactive animations, access other patient’s experiences with spine fractures, join a message board discussion, or read a doctor’s response to common questions about fractures.
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