Ask An Orthopedist: Fracture by Alcohol Induced Osteoporosis

Calendar October 3, 2017

Question: Can a vertebrae heal and recover from spontaneous fracture by alcohol induced osteoporosis? In this sense, is alcohol induced osteoporosis reversible?

The answer to your first question is yes, vertebral fractures can and do heal.  The answer to your second question is that osteoporosis can be improved, but it takes active treatment including calcium, Vitamin D, weight bearing exercise, and usually some type of medication for osteoporosis. The cause of the osteoporosis in one sense is inconsequential for healing and treatment, but if the drinking continues then treatment will likely not be very successful.

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