When you hear the term, “bone disease,” the first thing you probably think of is osteoporosis, the disease that makes bones porous. But there’s another type of common bone disease that actually causes the opposite problem. This condition is called Paget’s disease.
Paget’s disease causes abnormal bone growth, but it doesn’t only affect places like the legs and hips. It can also cause problems in the spine. Like other osteo-degenerative conditions, it can require medication and professional help from chiropractors like the experts at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV.
If you or a family member has Paget’s disease, here’s what you should know about the condition and what it can do to your spine.
Understanding Paget’s disease
Bones don’t grow once and then stop growing for the rest of your life. Like all other parts of the body, the cells in your bones are in a constant state of breaking down and regenerating, called remodeling.
Paget’s disease is a disorder of the bone that causes abnormal bone growth. People with the condition develop bones that are deformed, fragile, and/or enlarged due to dysfunctional remodeling bone cells.
In the event of Paget’s disease, bone cells are being broken down faster than usual. To keep up with the rapid degeneration, the cells responsible for bone growth have to work much harder, and bone is developed improperly as a result. The newly formed bone is often much more fragile, prone to fracture, and misshapen or deformed.
The exact cause of Paget’s disease is unknown, but it is more likely to occur as you age and if you have a family member with the disease.
Paget’s and the spine
Paget’s disease can affect all the bones in your body, including your spine. In fact, the spine is one of the most common places the disease tends to cause problems.
The spinal vertebrae may be subject to abnormalities and fragility as a result of the condition. The vertebrae in the lumbar spine and the bones of the sacrum are most commonly affected by Paget’s disease.
Usually, Paget’s disease causes problems in the spine like spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the spinal canal) and kyphosis (an excessive curvature in the back). It can also make you more susceptible to spinal fractures and has been linked to an increased risk of joint degeneration, leading to arthritis.
Unless you have a scan done on your back, you probably won’t know you suffer from Paget’s disease unless it starts to present symptoms. Typically, Paget’s disease affecting the spine causes a dull, persistent pain in the bones. The disease is also known to cause numbness, tingling, and other neurological symptoms due to spinal abnormalities that compress the spinal cord or branching nerves.
Managing this degenerative condition
Although Paget’s disease can be treated by medications, your specific spinal deformities and pain problems may need to be addressed separately to help you manage pain and heal properly.
If you’re experiencing spinal pain as a result of Paget’s disease, working with a chiropractor at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV may help alleviate discomfort and other symptoms. We use specialized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques to realign the spine and target sources of pain for a more comfortable daily lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.