Conservative Care for Patients with Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures

Heidi Prather, Devyani Hunt, John O. Watson, Louis A. Gilula

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As the aging population grows, vertebral compression fractures are becoming an important source of pain and dysfunction. Management can be complex, because care may require multiple treatment modalities and the treatment plan must be tailored to the individual's pain, functional limitations, and goals. Treatment options usually involve a combination of medications, bracing, and physical therapy. This article reviews current recommendations for managing vertebral compression fractures. Indications, complications, and treatment options, including vertebral augmentation, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-591
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007


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