6 doctors weighed in:
How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
60% probably need some form of treatment.
Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful.

In brief: Yes
60% probably need some form of treatment.
Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful.
Dr. Paul Slosar
Dr. Paul Slosar
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
restoration of vertebral height with kyphoplasty may be beneficial in new/recent compression fractures
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
In brief: Brace
Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist.
Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.

In brief: Brace
Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist.
Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Adam Lewis
Excellent answer. Patient with osteopenia and significant limitations in activities of daily living from the fracture likely will do better with kyphoplasty rather than bracing.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Rest pain meds
Although ther other options activity modification pain control sometimes a brace you can look up kyphoplasty.

In brief: Rest pain meds
Although ther other options activity modification pain control sometimes a brace you can look up kyphoplasty.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
Thank
Read more answers from doctors