Osteoporosis and Spinal Cord Injury

Have you been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI)? SCIs happen through traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, or sport injuries or non-traumatic events such as arthritis, inflammation, or cancer.

Are you at increased risk for lower extremity fracture? (See page 2 of the PDF for a checklist).

Educate yourself!

You can help to protect your bone health through proper lifestyle and nutrition choices such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Consuming adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D (see page 3 of the PDF for examples of calcium and vitamin D-rich foods)

Please click on the PDF below to read more about SCIs and osteoporosis and to learn great tips on how to improve your bone health!

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2 thoughts on “Osteoporosis and Spinal Cord Injury

  1. I fell skiing and have slightly herniated C6. Cervical stenosis runs in my family and I’m concerned that cycling and running may aggravate both the disc as well as stenosis. My DEXA scan shows slight osteopenia. The Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/in-depth/osteoporosis/art-20044989 has published recommendations against running along with https://ageless-nutrition.com/staying-active-with-osteoporosis/ What are your thoughts on running and cycling?

    1. Dear Alec,

      Thank you for your comment and sorry to hear about your injury. This question is best addressed by one of the neurosurgeons / spine surgeons as it depends on the degree of herniation and stenosis. We would suggest that you ask your doctor to refer you to see a neurosurgeon or spine surgeon.

      Osteoporosis Team @ UHN

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