Vertebra compression fracture (VCF) is one common condition of spinal diseases; there are approximately 700,000 clinically-diagnosed spine fractures each year due to osteoporosis in the United States and Europe in approximately 550,000 patients, 150,000 fractures every year in 50,000 patients due to cancer, and 100,000 patients per year in United States and Europe owing to traumatic vertebral compression fractures. About half of all vertebral fractures occur silently, without any significant pain. Others can be very painful and disabling. The majority of these fractures, even though they are painful at the beginning, heal on their own with little or no remaining pain or disability.
There are three standard treatments for a vertebra fracture: pain medication, progressive activity, and the use of brace for support. Even after the fracture was healed, there remains a high risk of a new fracture. Osteoporosis usually is a key factor of this new fracture, hence, evaluation and treatment of it is very important to minimize this risk.
There are two types of minimal invasive procedures which can relieve the pain of a vertebral fracture. These procedures, Vertebration and Angioplasty, are most commonly used in cases of server pain caused by vertebral fractures that does not improve over a number of weeks with those standard treatments. Both Vertebration and Angioplasty procedures place cement into the fractured vertebra through minimal invasive surgery.