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Scoliosis and Osteoporosis

By November 6, 2011 - 8:03pm
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I had a bone scan done after 3.5 years since my last bone scan which showed I was severely close to osteoporosis. Well, now, at 19 I have osteoporosis. I had my 2nd bone scan done a couple weeks ago, and got the results back saying I had osteoporosis. I got the 2nd test finally done after so long, because I have been having excruciating back pain and shoulder pain after only 15 minutes of walking--after walking for a limited time, I'm in such pain, that I have to lay down for a good hour. I also have scoliosis (have known this my entire life). my right shoulder is noticeably higher than my left shoulder. My osteoporosis is mainly located in my spine. What are the results of having both scoliosis and osteoporosis at a young age? Do having both of these worsen either condition? If so, in what ways?
what treatment is best and what can I do about the pain?

Thanks in advance!

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im 20 years old and i was recentily diagnosed with scoliosis and osteoporosis. my question is can scoliosis get worse when u have osteoporosis

March 3, 2012 - 10:46am

Hi Sysy,

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis can be associated with low bone density. You may find that this published article may help you understand the scientific linking between Scoliosis and Osteoporosis: http://www.osteopenia3.com/Scoliosis-Osteopenia-Osteoporosis.html



November 7, 2011 - 6:20am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks Rosa,

I did't really understand it. My question was what are the complications and what is the best treatment when having both these conditions?


November 7, 2011 - 11:56am
(reply to Sysy92)


Each condition is treated separately. 

Treatment for Osteoporosis can be found here: https://www.empowher.com/condition/osteoporosis/treatments

Scoliosis treatement is found here: https://www.empowher.com/condition/scoliosis/treatments

Complications include the possible risk of falling. You want to avoid any fractures or falls due to the decrease in bone density due to Osteoporosis. You should always write down any and all questions pertaining to your condition(s) for your doctor to answer thoroughly.

Hope this helps,


November 9, 2011 - 8:15am
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