your compression fracture is related to osteoporosis, your healthcare provider 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.
cancerous tumor 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. This is a
procedure called fusion.