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´╗┐Vertebral Augmentation

When your aching back interferes with daily life, it’s time to take control

If you suffer from onset back pain or limited spinal mobility, it could be a result of a vertebral compression fracture (VCF). Fortunately, there is a treatment that can bring quick, long-lasting relief. Today, patients suffering from VCFs have the benefit of a minimally invasive procedure called vertebral augmentation. This treatment option is proven to relieve pain caused by VCFs in numerous patients. Best of all, it alleviates pain in approximately 90 percent of patients.

Take an active role in understanding your pain so you can get the best possible care from your doctor. Living with back pain isn’t really living, but one in six Americans suffers from back pain every day, and 700,000 patients will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture this year alone.

Patients suffer from VCFs due to thinning bones, tumors and other complications. These fractures are a serious and growing problem for older adults; osteoporotic fractures are twice as common in women than in men.

VCFs have a substantial and negative impact on the quality of life and day-to-day functioning of those afflicted. Acute and chronic pain in the elderly is commonly attributed to VCFs, often leading to further health deterioration in a “downward spiral” and a loss of independence. Because there is a substantial risk of subsequent fractures, it is important that VCFs be diagnosed and treated early

Common Causes of VCFs

  • Osteoporosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Hemangiomas
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Metastatic bone disease

Contributing Risk Factors for VCFs

  • Increasing age
  • Caucasian or Asian ethnicity
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D