Vertebroplasty for osteoporotic spine fractures?
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|Sat, 03-03-2012 - 5:28pm|
If you've ever experienced the pain of an osteoporosis-induced vertebral compression fracture, you know how excruciating and incapacitating it can be. Fortunately, for some people with compression fractures, vertebroplasty has offered pain relief, especially when more conservative approaches like pain medication, bed rest and back braces fail to provide pain relief.
Today, more than 70,000 vertebroplasty procedures are performed each year. But two studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, reached the controversial conclusion that vertebroplasty may be of no more benefit than a placebo. The fallout from these studies has sparked an international debate over the efficacy of vertebroplasty.