I was told 2 years ago that I needed ACDF levels 3-7. I have osteoporosis. My elbows neck and shoulders hurt and my balance is off. I’m ready to go ahead with the operation and am wondering what you suggest I do to make my bones stronger to have a better chance of the screws holding and fusion being successful. I’m a 70 year old man. Thank you so much for this website!
If you have osteoporosis, especially as a male, you need to see an endocrinologist who specializes in bone disorders for a work-up. There are medications like Forteo that can be helpful but with all the new changes and findings, there might be something better.
PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.