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Osteoporotic Spine Fracture

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture - Causes and Risk Factors

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture - Treatments

​A team of medical professionals including doctors, nurses and allied health workers (physiotherapist, occupational therapist and orthotist) are involved in the treatment.

  • Medications
    • Pain relievers to manage pain and allow one to regain movement faster
    • Calcium and vitamin D supplements to build bone strength
    • Medications to slow down and reverse bone loss
  • Physiotherapy to strengthen core muscles and manage pain
  • Braces to support the spine and prevent excessive curvature
  • When the pain does not improve, bone cement may be injected into the fractured area in a procedure known as vertebroplasty
  • Surgery is rarely needed unless the spinal cord is compressed or in very severe fractures

A fracture can recur within 1 to 2 years if osteoporosis is not treated, especially for those aged 60 and above or if there is a history of previous fractures.

Seek immediate medical help if you experience:

  • Back pain after a fall
  • Worsening back pain when there was no fall
  • New and/or worsening of leg weakness and numbness
  • New and/or worsening ability to control bladder and bowels

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture - Preparing for surgery

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture - Post-surgery care

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