Send to

Choose Destination
Injury. 2007 Sep;38 Suppl 3:S40-8.

Nonoperative management of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.

Author information

Section, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University, School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, USA.


As the population ages, vertebral compression fractures are an increasing source of pain and dysfunction. The immobilisation that often occurs with fractures can lead to multiple medical complications and their management can be complex as care may require multiple treatment modalities. Each individual responds to pain differently and a treatment plan must be tailored to the individual's pain, functional limitations and goals. The likely first choice for managing stable osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures is conservative management. Treatment options usually involve a combination of medications, bracing and physical therapy. If radicular pain is a component of the pain syndrome, epidural steroid injections may be beneficial. In addition, some patients may benefit from vertebral augmentation. This paper reviews current recommendations for managing vertebral compression fractures. Treatment options including vertebral augmentation are reviewed, including indications and complications.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center