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Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment Options
A vertebral compression fracture may heal on its own over several weeks or months. Traditional treatments include bed rest, external bracing, and strong pain medications. However, some patients remain in pain after these therapies and may require further treatment.
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Vertebral compression fractures in the spine generally occur when a vertebral body has been weakened due to osteoporosis or the presence of a tumor. These fractures may cause severe back pain, limited mobility, and/or a "hunched-over" appearance due to the change in shape of the vertebral body.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which medical-grade bone cement is injected through a needle into the vertebral body.
Causes of Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain is not necessarily something you have to live with. If your pain is interfering with your daily activities, such as getting in and out of bed, taking a shower or tying your shoelaces, this may be a sign it is time to seek help. Only your doctor can recommend the most appropriate treatment options.
Anatomy of the Spine
Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It gives your body structure and support. Without it you could not stand up or keep yourself upright. Your spine allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility.
Tips for Safe Posture
It's possible that even minor changes in the way you do your work or hobby activities could keep your pain and symptoms in check while protecting your spine from further injury.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only a spine surgeon can tell if spine treatment is right for you.
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