Non-surgical management1,2

Treating Osteoporosis vertebral compression fractures aims to restore mobility, reduce pain and minimise the incidence of new fractures. Non-invasive treatment (such as pain medication, bed rest, and back braces) focuses on alleviating symptoms and supporting the spine.

Non-surgical management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures might include:

  • Anti-osteoporotic treatment, effective therapy have shown to reduce the risk of vertebral fractures by 30-70%.
  • Pain relief with anti-inflammatory and pain medications.
  • Short-term bed rest in cases of severe pain (patients should begin mobilising as soon as possible within the limits of their pain).
  • Core strengthening exercises.
  • Physiotherapy – postural exercise program, muscle strengthening and falls prevention program, hydrotherapy.
  1. The breaking spine, International Osteoporosis foundation report 2010.
  2. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) United Kingdom Multiple Technology Appraisal March 2013, http://guidance.nice.org.uk/TA/Wave22/18 consulted on the 05-02-2014.