Osteoporosis is usually treated with medication and certain lifestyle modifications. Although reconstructive surgery does not correct bone loss, it may be advised when an osteoporotic bone has fractured and requires repair.
This procedure is done to return a broken bone to its proper alignment. There are two types:
After the procedure, the doctor can immobilize the bone using a cast, splint, or brace, and may order another x-ray to ensure the bone is in the correct position.
Most bones require about six weeks to heal, but some bones take longer. Working with your healthcare provider and physical therapist to develop a specific activity and rehabilitation program can speed your recovery and protect you from future fractures.
Osteoporosis puts you at a greater risk of having a vertebral compression fracture. This type of fracture occurs when there is a break in the bones of the back (vertebrae). The area that is affected is the front part of the vertebrae. This fracture can cause intense pain and disability. Procedures used to treat vertebral compression fracture include:
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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