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Osteoporosis and Vertebral Compression

Older patients and those with osteoporosis have a high risk of spinal fractures, particularly vertebral compression fractures. The main reason being low bone mass and strength, as well as an increased risk of falling.

In these patients, vertebral compression fractures can occur during simple activities of daily living, such as coughing, sitting down quickly, or taking a step wrong.

As with many osteoporotic fractures, vertebral compression fractures are more common in women than men; however, the consequences are severe in both. Patients may experience acute and chronic pain, kyphotic deformity (increased forward curve of the spine), decreased quality of life, increased anxiety, depression, and death.

Comprehensive and integrated care is essential to minimize the severe morbidity and mortality associated with vertebral compression fractures, as well as prevents future fractures. Dr.Balamurali, a well-experienced neurosurgeon in Chennai is directly involved in their care.

Indicators of possible vertebral compression fractures in older patients

  • Development of sudden back pain
  • Stooped or hunched posture
  • Loss of 0.5 inch or more in height in one year
  • Loss of more than 1.5 inches from original height
  • Protuberant abdomen
  • Decreased respiratory capacity
  • Early satiety, weight loss

In patient management

  • Percutaneous vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty
  • Decompression and fusion
  • Pain management
  • Short-term bracing, if indicated
  • Evaluation (risk-factor screening, labs)
  • Optimization of nutrients
vertebroplasty with instrumentation
Vertebroplasty With Instrumentation
Reduce The Risks
Beat Osteoporosis

It’s time to beat osteoporosis and vertebral compression! Leave the worries due to risks associated with spine fractures to us and start living life the way you like it!

Reduce The Risks
Beat Osteoporosis

It’s time to beat osteoporosis and vertebral compression! Leave the worries due to risks associated with spine fractures to us and start living life the way you like it!

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