Revolutionary Treatment Brings Hope To Sufferers Of Osteoporosis-Related Spinal Fractures
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, yet for the 44 million Americans at risk for osteoporosis, many are often unaware that they have the disease until they fracture a bone.
Imagine experiencing back pain so severe that daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs or grocery shopping are no longer possible. For Nancy Zacherl and many of the 700,000 others suffering from spinal fractures each year, this is a reality.
After suffering a debilitating osteoporosis-related spinal fracture, the once-active grandmother was no longer able to enjoy weekend motorcycle rides with her husband, take daily walks or play with her granddaughter. Instead, Zacherl was confined to bed because of excruciating back pain. Feeling depressed and helpless, Zacherl knew she had to see a doctor.
“I thought the pain would go away, but it became progressively worse, making breathing difficult,” said Zacherl. “I was desperate for help and knew I needed treatment.”
Upon the advice of her doctor, Zacherl visited Jon Ledlie, M.D., a...