If you have significant, especially sudden, back pain — particularly if you’re a woman near or over 50 — it might be a compression fracture. Most compression fractures in women over 50 are due to osteoporosis, and treatment can help reduce the chance of further compression fractures.
Westlake Hospital uses vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to treat vertebral compression fractures caused by a progressive weakening of the bone, or osteoporosis. These minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. With these treatments, an interventional radiologist injects surgical bone cement into the crushed vertebrae to stabilize it so you can soon be back on a path to health.
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