Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

Franklin Pain and Wellness Center

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Could I be at risk for a spinal fracture?

- Thursday, January 09, 2014

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.

  1. National Osteoporosis Foundation. www.nof.org/osteoporosis/diseasefacts.htm. Accessed August 31, 2007.
  2. 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.