Compression fractures in the thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) spine are common, especially in older women who have osteoporosis (weak or brittle bones). You can have a compression fracture even if you don’t have an injury or accident.

Vertebroplasty uses plastic cement to hold the broken vertebrae (spinal bones) together. This stabilizes your spine and reduces pain. In the last 10 years, thousands of patients have been successfully treated with this procedure.

The Procedure

Using an X-ray to guide the needle, your doctor injects stabilizing plastic cement into the broken areas. The doctor might also be able to put your spinal bones back in place before injecting the cement.

If you have a certain type of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, you might have vertebroplasty or a different procedure called kyphoplasty. This cancer also causes bone loss. The OHSU Spine Center doctors have extensive experience doing vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for patients with spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis or multiple myeloma.

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