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Osteoporotic fracture treatment

Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs) are the most common type of osteoporotic fractures in the spine, and have been treated traditionally in Britain with a stiff upper lip and early mobilisation with analgesia.

Many of these will get better within six weeks, but a proportion do not, and the latest surgical techniques from Spine Art Ltd can help you.

Many patients struggle on with back pain thinking nothing can be done. 

Whilst this may be true in some areas, NICE has recommended treatment of these fractures in the UK to bring it into line with other European countries and the USA, where such treatment is easily and promptly available.

Dan Fagan is able to offer a specialist service for treatment of osteoporotic fractures, with rapid MRI scanning, diagnosis and treatment for people within a week.

This is in line with the best treatment centres in the World.
latest treatment for osteoporotic fractures

If left untreated, one of the major consequences of an osteoporotic fracture is poor quality of life and less mobility due to significant, and sometimes severe pain.

The back pain is often worse when mobile but often severe when the patient tries to lie flat in bed, which is very distressing.

The back pain also responds poorly to strong painkillers which can often make pepole quite unwell.

Elderly people often go from being active to suddenly housebound.

Once a patient has a fracture, the risk of suffering from new fractures within one year is about 20%. 

Multiple VCFs will deform the overall spine significantly and may lead to a Kyphosis (forward curvature of the spine).

Today’s elderly people, feel “younger at heart” than ever. These folk are more active (sports, traveling, golf, taking care of the grandchildren!) than ever before, so today’s treatments need to reflect these expectations and should aim at improving this quality of life in a safe and simple way.
treatment of osteoporotic fractures

If you or your family member are suffering in severe back pain following a simple fall or trip, a fracture can be easily diagnosesd by a plain X ray. 


Please come and see Mr Fagan to see if this treatment can help you.



Osteoporosis: 

Most fractures occur in patients with osteoporosis, which literally means "porous bone". It is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As the bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. In the Europe, every 30 seconds a patient with osteoporosis is affected by a fracture.

How common are they?

Vertebral compression fractures are the most common among all osteoporotic fractures. They may occur in the absence of trauma or after minimal trauma, such as bending, lifting or turning. 

There are an estimated 490,000 vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis diagnosed in Europe each year! But with only one in three VCFs actually coming to the doctor's attention.

What are the symptoms? 

Long-term symptoms are chronic pain, loss of height, loss of appetite and sleeping problems, which can seriously affect general health and quality of life.

Within the first year following a VCF, one in five women will experience another fracture.

It’s important to diagnose and treat spinal fractures early. It is also important to remember that most fractures heal by themselves and do not need surgery.
Early diagnosis and treatment of the fracture combined with the optimal therapeutic intervention for the underlying disease - osteoporosis - helps remobilise patients and prevent further bone loss.

What are the treatment options for vertebral fractures which do not heal and remain painful or collapse further?
treatment for osteoporotic fractures in the spine

1)Balloon Kyphoplasty – minimally invasive procedure that gently restores vertebral height and corrects deformity. Two balloons are inflated in the compressed vertebra, and the cavity is filled under low pressure with thick bone cement.

balloon kyphoplasty treatment for vertebral compression fractures


2)Vertebroplasty – involves a percutaneous needle placed into the fractured vertebrae into which bone cement is then injected under high pressure. Generally falling out of favour  - see news updates!

Please make an appointment with Mr Fagan to seek a specialist opinion on 07539 330360