Spinal fractures, also known as vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), are the most common C fracture caused by osteoporosis. As many as two-thirds of spinal fractures go undiagnosed and untreated because patients are not aware of the symptoms, so it is important to be aware of your risk for a spinal fracture and to see your doctor right away if you think you may have one.
Check how much you know about spinal fractures:
Facts About Spinal Fracture1,2
- Osteoporosis is responsible for over 700,000 spinal fractures each year in the U.S. - One in four women over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related spinal fracture
- Unlike the pain from a broken arm or hip, the pain from a spinal fracture can be mild, making it difficult to know you have a broken bone in the spine e
- Left untreated, multiple fractures can cause a hunched back (kyphosis) and affect your overall health
Risk Factors and Symptoms1,2
- Over age 50 or postmenopausal women
- Osteoporosis, low bone mineral density, or prior fractures after age 50
- Family history of osteoporosis, fractures, or a hunched back
- Height loss or a hunched back
- Sudden onset of back pain lasting more than a few days (even if pain is only mild)
If You Think You Have a Spinal Fracture
- See your doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment
- Ask your doctor if you should have a spine X-ray or MRI
- If necessary, get a referral to a spine specialist for treatment - caught early, spinal fractures can be repaired
Treating Spinal Fractures with Balloon Kyphoplasty
- A minimally invasive procedure designed to repair spinal fractures
- Corrects the spinal deformity caused by the fracture
- Significantly reduces back pain
- Assists return to usual day-to-day activities
- Increases strength, mobility and independence
Although the complication rate with Balloon Kyphoplasty has been d demonstrated to be low, as with most surgical procedures, there are risks associated with Balloon Kyphoplasty, including on serious complications. Consult with your doctor for a fulll discussion of risks.
- National Osteoporosis Foundation. www.nof.org/osteoporosis/diseasefacts.htm. Accessed August 31, 2007.
- Gold DT, Silverman SL. The Downward Spiral of Vertebral Osteoporosis: Consequences. Monograph sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. Remedica Communications, Inc., June 2003.