Dr. Debra Petrucci Neurosurgeon
Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological  Surgery

Specialized help for Neck Pain, Back Pain, and Treatment of Spinal Injuries

  • George Washington University School of Medicine

  • Trained Massachusetts General Hospital and is Board Certified in Neurosurgery

  • Using minimally invasive techniques where possible

  • Current in the latest procedures that may benefit her patients

  • Selected Keynote Speaker for the First Annual Women in Spine Meeting

  • Named Several Times in Westchester WAG's Most Distinguished Doctors

  • Honored by Southern CT Urban League as a "Woman of Influence"
     2009 Womens Empowerment Summit in Greenwich, CT

  • Chief of Neurosurgery at White Plains Hospital Center in 2001 - 2007

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disorder caused by a decrease in the amount of calcium in your bones, which can cause the bones in your spine to break because they are too weak to support the weight of the body. When this happens, people usually suffer from sharp back pain, and they often become shorter or have a "hunched over" posture. If you have these symptoms you could be suffering from osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects more than eight million women and two million men. It is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue which can lead to fragile bones and increased risk in fractures of the spine, hip and wrist. More than 700,000 vertebral fractures every year are caused by osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is some times called the "silent disease" because bone loss has no symptoms, and the disease usually remains painless until a bone breaks. Although the disease can affect any bone, spinal or vertebral compression fractures can have serious consequences including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity, a curving of the shoulders and back, and a thickening waistline. Women in particular reach their maximum bone mass at about the age of 20. After that, they will gradually lose bone mass. In the 5-7 years immediately following menopause, women will lose up to 20% of their bone mass. When osteoporosis affects the spine, there is a gradual collapse of the vertebrae producing back pain, loss of overall height, and a stooped posture. The back pain at vertebral collapse may be severe at times.

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1171 East Putnam Avenue - Greenwich, CT 06830
Yale Spine Center - 1 Long Wharf Drive, 6th Floor - New Haven, CT (203) 785-2807

Dr. Debra Petrucci
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Insurance Plans Accepted, Medicare, Workman's Compensation NY, NY No Fault
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