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Undiagnosed Spine Fractures Often Cause Pain in Older Men

Fewer than a quarter of new vertebral fractures are clinically diagnosed, yet they often cause symptoms. In a study of older men in the general population now published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, clinically undiagnosed vertebral fractures that were evident on x-rays were associated with higher likelihood of back pain and limited physical activity.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:01 am EDT
"Preventing these fractures may reduce back pain and related disability in older men"

Fewer than a quarter of new vertebral fractures are clinically diagnosed, yet they often cause symptoms. In a study of older men in the general population now published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, clinically undiagnosed vertebral fractures that were evident on x-rays were associated with higher likelihood of back pain and limited physical activity.

 

The findings build on similar results previously reported in older women and point to the need for more effective strategies to detect and prevent vertebral fractures.

 

“Preventing these fractures may reduce back pain and related disability in older men,” wrote the authors.

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Link to Study:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbmr.3215/full

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The JBMR publishes highly competitive original manuscripts, reviews, and special articles in basic and clinical science relevant to bone, muscle and mineral metabolism. Manuscripts are published on the biology and physiology of bone and muscle, relevant systems biology topics (e.g. osteoimmunology), and the pathophysiology and treatment of sarcopenia and disorders of bone and mineral metabolism.         

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