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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...
There are two procedures available to repair various types of compression fractures of the spine. If you are looking for a minimally invasive procedure, your options are vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.
Vertebral compression fractures (VCF) are the most common osteoporotic fracture. Low bone density and previous fractures increase VCF's by seventy percent. VCF's are common among breast, lung and prostate cancer patients where cancer has metastasized to the bone.
Years ago, if you had a spinal fracture you went through a procedure where the surgeon would place plates or rods and screws, anchored to the spine to stabilized the fractured bone. This procedure could last 3 hours, or more, while the surgeon cut the back muscles, drilled into the spine and placed the hardware around the fracture.
The physical limitations after hardware placement surgery were numerous, with cautions like, no bending, lifting, twisting, or stretching, and reduci...
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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