With age, bones can gradually weaken and become brittle — called osteoporosis. If not treated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These breaks can occur in the hip and wrist. They can also occur in the spine — when the bones in the spinal column weaken and collapse (called a compression fracture). Compression fractures can be extremely painful, and lead to deformity and loss of height.

Until recently, doctors were limited in treatments for these osteoporosis-related spine fractures. Today, physicians have much more to offer. Two procedures — vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty — can be used to both prevent and treat compression fractures. These procedures are very successful in stabilizing bone, relieving back pain, restoring height, and reducing deformity.

Peripheral Neuralgia

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) occurs when feeling returns to a limb that is no longer there. Scientists believe this occurs because of mixed signals being sent to the body from the brain and the spinal cord. For those experiencing it, the sensations can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

Most commonly, PLP happens within the first six months of the amputation and tends to lessen after that time period.

Learn more: Phantom Limb Pain 101

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