Osteoporosis and Fractures in Persons with SCI: What, Why, and How to Manage
Osteoporosis—a disease in which the bones become weak and brittle and are more likely to break— is a common and serious problem aft...
Osteoporosis—a disease in which the bones become weak and brittle and are more likely to break— is a common and serious problem after SCI. Find out why this is and what you can do about it in this presentation given on November 13, 2012 by Jelena Svircev, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and staff physician at the Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Puget Sound Health Care System. In her presentation, Dr. Svircev reviews the causes of osteoporosis and the effectiveness of different therapies for preventing and treating osteoporosis in people with SCI. She also discusses when to get bone scans to screen for osteoporosis, how to avoid fractures, how to tell if you have a fracture, and what to do if a fracture occurs, including the pros and cons of different fracture management strategies.