Compression fractures from osteoporosis can be a very painful experience. There are 700,000 to 1.2 million compression fractures that occur in the U.S. each year requiring 150,000 hospitalizations for control of pain.
The first line of treatment for pain control is over-the-counter analgesics or narcotic pain medications and back braces. If first line treatments cause side effects or are ineffective, then a newer treatment exists, called vertebroplasty.
Vertebroplasty involves the injection of bone cement in to the fractured vertebra to cement the broken pieces together. Vertebroplasty is successful 85 percent of the time resulting in significant pain reduction.
Vertebroplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Most patients will experience significant relief after the first 24 hours.
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