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Osteoporosis Surgery

If your compression fractures are related to osteoporosis, your doctor will want to treat the osteoporosis. You may need to take bone-strengthening medicine and calcium and vitamin D supplements. Physical therapy and exercises may be recommended too. These things help make your bones stronger and can help prevent other fractures.

Other types of treatment include:

  • Pain medicine to relieve your back pain
  • Bed rest for a short time, followed by limited activity while your bones heal
  • Wearing a back brace
  • Physical therapy to help you move better and strengthen the muscles around your spine

Different types of surgery are available and may be needed if other treatments aren't helping:

  • Vertebroplasty: Using an X-ray for guidance, your surgeon uses a small needle to inject special quick-setting cement into your fractured vertebra. The cement provides support for the broken vertebra, strengthens the area, and usually results in pain relief.
  • Kyphoplasty: This surgery is a lot like vertebroplasty, but before the cement is injected, small balloons are used to expand the fractured space to help make the vertebra taller. The balloons are removed, and then the empty space is filled with cement.

If cancer is causing your symptoms, you may need radiation therapy as well as surgery to remove some of the bone and treat the tumor. If an injury has caused the fracture, you may need surgery to repair the bone and join vertebrae together, a procedure called fusion.