I don't think it will harm your spine - the foam roller will work on your muscles and other tissues, similar to a deep-tissue massage.
If you follow the actions prescribed by your PT it could be useful for relieving tension in your shoulder and back muscles. The pain you feel is probably where it hits on the knotty places in your muscles.View Thread
Yes, it is because of the risk of jaw necrosis, bone healing etc. when you take bisphosphonates.
I am not currently living in the USA - maybe they're more lenient there, but I have had implants done in 2 other countries (and inquired about them in a third) and they all had the same approach: Fosamax equals no implant!View Thread
Hi Bonebabe - the implant procedure is not too bad, just time-consuming, as you have to wait for months between various stages to allow the implant to integrate (dentists allow more time for people with osteoporosis).
The worst part is the tooth extraction before the implant! Here the dentist also waited for about 2 months for the wound to heal after the extraction before starting the procedure.
My implants weren't due to bone loss in the jaw. They were needed for various reasons not directly osteoporosis-related, e.g. fractured roots, not enough retention which caused crowns to keep falling out, etc.
Many of the problems were due to ill-fitting crowns, where bacteria leaked in and weakened the tooth or caused decay; then the tooth broke off level with the gumline, and consequently the crowns just didn't want to stay on.
I've spent so many hours in dentists' chairs that I am now quite relaxed in them - so relaxed that I nearly fell asleep once during treatment!View Thread
I've had 9 implants (very expensive mouth!) and I need two more, but they will have to wait until next year - too many unexpected expenses this year.
I have severe osteoporosis (my density statistics look worse than just about anyone else's I've seen here), but so far they seem to have been a success. They are all still in place! No complications so far, and their "age" varies from 6 years to 1 year.
As for the type, the dentist (orthodontist) decided which ones are best depending on its location and other factors. I think they're pretty standard types.
I would definitely recommend implants. Expensive as they are, in the long term they save you money, as you don't have to undergo repeat root canal treatments, no problems with decay, etc.View Thread