Osteoporosis, Your Lumbar/Lower Spine, and the Importance of Assessing Your Bone Health


This latest National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) Spine-Talks video from our Spine and Bone Health Task Force is focused on the connection between the lumbar/lower spine and bone health and the need to measure your bone density before having a lumbar spine surgery to ensure the best chance of a successful surgical outcome.

This video was captured during the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS) meeting in Chicago, Illinois and includes not only NSHF’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rita Roy and two members of the Spine and Bone Health Task Force (Drs. Paul Anderson and Benjamin Elder), but also the LSRS President, Dr. Jason Savage.

NSHF is proud of our very dedicated Task Force members who are committed to addressing the challenges surrounding spine and bone health, with a strong focus on public education about prevention, management, and strategies to combat osteoporosis. Join us to gain invaluable insights on things you need to consider regarding any procedures you might be considering to help alleviate your lumbar spine and lower back issues.


Dr. Paul Anderson, MD
Spine Surgeon
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI
Co-Chair, NSHF Spine & Bone Health Task Force

Dr. Ben Elder, MD, PhD
Spine Surgeon
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Member, NSHF Spine & Bone Health Task Force

Dr. Rita Roy, MD
Chief Executive Officer
National Spine Health Foundation, Reston, VA

Jason Savage, MD
Spine Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, Cleveland, OH
President, Lumbar Spine Research Society