Osteoporosis and spinal fractures
This research was completed on 30 April 2007
|Project Leader||Dr P Dolan|
|Location||Department of Anatomy, University of Bristol and Department of Neuroradiology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham|
|Grant awarded||21 April 2004|
|Start date||1 February 2005|
|End date||30 April 2007|
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Severe age-related bone loss ("osteoporosis") affects one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK. Those affected often sustain a fracture of one or more vertebrae of the spine, leading to a humped back ("senile kyphosis") which can be painful, disabling and distressing. A spinal fracture can mean severely limited activity and constant pain. Current treatments do little to alleviate chronic pain, and cannot prevent deformity.