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Kyphoplasty Proven Effective for Spinal Compression Fractures

Scientists confirmed the effectiveness of Kyphoplasty as a treatment for compression fractures of the spine during a recent research trial.

Appearing in the prestigious journal Lancet, the results were definitive:

“In patients with acute, painful, vertebral fractures, balloon kyphoplasty improved quality of life, function, mobility, and pain…”

Kyphoplasty is a treatment for broken bones in the spine, which can limit activity and be very painful. During a Kyphoplasty procedure, bone cement is used to stabilize and strengthen the fractured level, thereby reducing pain and allowing for rapid return to normal activity without restriction.

The Research:


The research drew from 21 sites and included 300 patients with compression fractures mostly due to osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone. The procedure was also deemed to be safe, with no difference in adverse advents between the procedural group and the group that did not receive the procedure.

Cancer Patients Benefit, Too

A separate study also looked at effectiveness of Kyphoplasty for fractures specifically caused by cancer and found similar positive results.

In the Cancer Patient Fracture Evaluation (CAFE) trial, research authors concluded that “Kyphoplasty is an effective and safe treatment that rapidly reduces pain and improves function.”

The research, across 22 sites and including 134 people, evaluated how patients responded either to a kyphoplasty procedure or to a control treatment of medications and physical therapy.

In fact, a high number of patients in the control group ended up crossing over and choosing to undergo the Kyphoplasty when allowed to do so at a pre-set time point.

Final Thoughts

For patients with pain from compression fractures, Kyphoplasty is a safe, effective, and scientifically proven treatment available for rapid relief.

If you’re interested in seeing if Kyphoplasty is the right treatment for you, please take a few moments to request an appointment with us. One of our board-certified doctors at National Spine & Pain Centers will accurately diagnose your spinal pain and develop a customized plan to help restore your quality of life.