A doctor should evaluate any
back pain in these cases:
Seek medical help at a hospital's emergency department if you have the following symptoms in association with
Percutaneous vertebroplasty: This is a relatively new procedure in which a
needle is inserted through the skin by a specialist and a cement or "biomaterial" compound is injected into the vertebra with the osteoporotic fracture. Studies using this technique have shown promise in relieving chronic pain associated with
Follow the instructions exactly as given by the doctor, and ask questions if you are unsure what to do.
The most important method of preventing vertebral compression fractures is to prevent
The back fracture should heal in most cases without problems. However, severe fractures may need surgery to keep the spine in alignment. Also, a pathological back fracture may not heal because
cancer may be present.
A person who has a fracture caused by
osteoporosis can decrease the chance of further fractures with adequate dietary supplementation (calcium), exercise, and hormone replacement, if indicated.
Fractures causing chronic, severe pain benefit from a multidisciplinary approach that may include the primary medical doctor, an orthopedic or neurosurgeon, physical therapy, and pain clinic referral.
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