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Treatment of a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis is generally two-pronged, involving both treatment of the fracture, and treatment of the underlying osteoporosis which led to the fracture.
Treatment for the vertebral fracture will generally involve non-surgical care, like rest, pain medication, use of heat or ice for local pain. Surgery might also be appropriate. The 2 most common kinds of surgery for this kind of fracture are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Both types of surgery could help the fracture heal.
Metal screws are implanted through a small tube of bone and into the vertebrae. The screws are fixed to metal plates or metal rods which are bolted together in the back of the spine. The hardware keeps the vertebrae in place. This stops motion, enabling the vertebrae to join. Bone is grafted into the gaps between vertebrae.
After sustaining one vertebral fracture, the patient is in danger of additional fractures, thus treatment of the patient’s underlying osteoporosis is a crucial part of the treatment plan.
Osteoporosis treatment will generally involve one or a combination of the following: calcium supplements, increased vitamin D, weight-bearing exercises, and hormone replacement therapy for women.
Because of the significant health and deformity risks associated with multiple vertebral fractures, it is advisable for patients who suspect their back pain might be from a fracture to get a precise diagnosis and follow a comprehensive treatment plan.
Dr. David Masel is well versed in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat neurological disorders affecting the spine. If you or anyone you know is suffering from spinal injuries or spinal cord disorders like :-
Please book an appointment with Dr. Masel, call +1(469) 833-2927 to schedule a consultation.