is a relatively new procedure. Liquid cement is injected into the vertebra. It can help relieve the pain associated with vertebral fractures. This is not a common operation. It is not suitable for everyone. Talk with your doctor to see if this option may be right for you.
Your doctor may prescribe:
Brief period of bed rest and a decrease in activity
Medication to control the pain
Strengthening exercises for your back muscles
Treatment for Osteoporosis
To prevent further bone loss, medications may include:
If osteoporosis is the cause of your fracture, your doctor may prescribe the following:
Vitamin and mineral supplements, especially calcium and vitamin D—Studies indicate that the combination of calcium and vitamin D appear to help bone loss
Lifestyle changes to help maintain your bones—may include weight-bearing and resistance exercises for both the upper and lower extremities
If you are diagnosed with a vertebral fracture, follow your doctor's
Building strong bones will help prevent fractures. However, most bone strength is attained by women before they are age 25. That makes maintaining bone density and strength at older ages even more important.
Get plenty of weight-bearing exercise. This includes walking, jogging, or certain sports such as tennis.
Do resistance exercises for arms and legs. This will help to improve your strength and balance.
Get plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and protein in your diet. Talk to your doctor if you think you need supplements.
If you have osteoporosis, you should talk to your doctor about treatment options. If you had an early
, talk to your doctor about this.
Drink alcohol only in moderation. Moderate alcohol intake is two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
Eliminate any obstacles in your house which could cause you to fall. This may include throw rugs or furniture.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a