Kyphoplasty for Treatment of Painful Compression Fractures
What are the causes and risks of vertebral compression fractures?
Vertebral compression fractures are relatively common and most often occur in older patients with decreased bone density (osteoporosis). They can also be associated with certain bone tumors. Compression fractures usually are the result of a fall or other trauma however, not infrequently, they may result simply from bending over to pick something up or twisting.
Vertebral compression fractures can be very painful. Often, the pain is so severe that patients find it difficult to move or perform their daily activities. This can be particularly dangerous in elderly patients who become weak from inactivity (de conditioning) leaving them vulnerable to pneumonia and other complications. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that mortality (risk of death) is increased in elderly patients with un-treated vertebral compression fractures.
How do I know if I have a vertebral compression fracture?The history of events, symptoms and physical exam findings are often times sufficient for your doctor to suspect a compression fracture. Confirmation comes by way of xray, CT or MRI.
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