Normally we don’t experience pain from osteoporosis until we sustain a fracture. Due to this lack of pain, some fractures may go unnoticed. This is not the case with all compression fractures and some can cause significant pain. If this happens to you, don’t wait to have it check since both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty spinal procedures can only be completed before the fracture starts to heal, which is generally within the first three months post fracture. Vertebroplasty can be accomplished on slightly older fractures, but kyphoplasty needs to be considered within the first three months and before the callous forms on the broken bone. For pain relievers that can be used during the healing phase see the list below.
Non-Surgical Pain Relievers
Lidoderm patches : These are patches you apply to the painful area that contains lidocaine to numb the area. These patches can only be worn for 12 hours, and there’s a lim...
The Medical College of Wisconsin is conducting a clinical trial on a new treatment for vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). In this study we'll find out if a new way of placing bone cement, into a fracture, is superior to existing procedures like vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
Vertebral compression fractures remain the most common type of fracture from osteoporosis, outnumbering hip and wrist fractures combined. Many people have asymptomatic fractures (painless), or attribute the pain to existing arthritis or other spinal degenerative problems, and let them go undiagnosed. Some recover without the need for surgical intervention, and some experience continued immobility, pain and physical limitations even after the recommended amount of time to recover. Once a compression fracture occurs, the odds of having another goes up, and it's when we suffer several of these that we develop a rounding of the spine called kyphosis or c-curve. This kyphos...
Complications Bone density loss from osteoporosis is a major cause of disability and death in the elderly, mostly due to subsequent fractures. The lifetime risk of spinal fracture in women is about one in three, and for hip fracture is one in six. Women at highest risk for fractures are those with low bone density plus a history of fractures, particularly low-trauma fractures.
Click the icon to see an animation about osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes more than 1.5 million fractures annually. About 50% of women and 25% of men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime. Spinal vertebreal fractures are the most common type of osteoporosis-related fracture, followed by hip fractures, wrist fractures, and other types of broken bones. About 80% of these fractures occur after relatively minor falls or accidents.
Click the icon to see an image of a compression fracture.
Click the icon to see an image of a hip fracture. Risk Factors for Fracture and Falling ....
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