Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs)

Treating VCFs with vertebral augmentation.

Conservative therapy for VCFs includes bed rest, pain medication, muscle relaxants, external back braces, and physical therapy. If there is little or no pain relief, you may be a candidate for vertebral augmentation.

This minimally invasive procedure is done on an outpatient basis and usually requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation, eliminating many of the complications that result from open surgery. For many patients, vertebral augmentation is very effective and is covered by Medicare and most private insurers.

Symptoms and causes

Symptoms may include:
Acute back pain with or without an injury or fall
Intense midline pain
Referred or band-like radiating pain (not to the legs)

If you are included in the following groups you have an increased risk for vertebral compression fractures:

  • Elderly
  • Osteoporosis
  • History of Osteoporotic fracture(s)
  • Female
  • Low weight
  • Steroid use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoker
  • Calcium/vitamin D deficiency
  • Cancer


The overall success rate for vertebral augmentation in treating osteoporotic fractures is approximately 85% to 90%.1

Patients experience:

  • Rapid and sustained pain relief
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved quality of life
  • Low complication rate