No pain relief with vertebroplasty

Two randomized trials of vertebroplasty vs sham procedure in patients with acute vertebral compression fractures failed to detect any short-term differences in subsequent pain scores (1 week -6 months) (abstract) (abstract). Vertebroplasty does not appear to improve pain due to osteoporotic vertebral fractures.

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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