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Help for Spinal Compression Fractures—Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty

Oct 21, 2019 12:39:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is a spinal compression fracture?

Most often seen in patients with osteoporosis, spinal compression fractures occur when the vertebrae lack sufficient strength to support the spine. This can also happen as a result of trauma (such as a severe fall or car crash) or cancer that has spread to the bones. Actions such as lifting, slipping, falling, and even sneezing or coughing can put brittle vertebrae at risk of fracture.

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Topics: vertebroplasty & kyphoplasty

Mom Has a Spine Fracture: What are Her Options?

Dec 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

As people age, bones become more susceptible to fractures. Compression fractures, particularly, occur frequently in women suffering from or with a high ris of osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones), as well as in individuals who have had cancer or have suffered injuries causing broken bones in the spine.[1] A vertebral compression fracture (VCF), in which all or part of a spinal bone collapses, can cause severe, even disabling pain. Fortunately, there are some outpatient procedures which can help restore functionality, increase mobility, and reduce pain without the risks of major spinal surgery.[2] Mom doesn’t necessarily have to choose between suffering and undergoing a risky surgery with a long recovery!

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Topics: vertebroplasty & kyphoplasty

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