Fort Wayne Chiropractic Care May Better for Vertebral Fractures than VertebroplastyNO VERTEBROPLASTY FOR VERTEBRAL FRACTURE Fort Wayne Chiropractic Option for Conservative Care Osteoporotic vertebral fractures hurt. Often started by a fall or injury, a Fort Wayne vertebral fracture (compression fracture) occurs when a vertebra – a bone of the spine - will dissolve on itself, resulting in the bone to shrink in size. Researchers and doctors found a way to “fix” these vertebral fractures by adding a cement type compound into the collapsed bone to get it to its usual size again. This procedure is called vertebroplasty. It made sense. However, a recent Cochrane Review study of the outcomes over many years show that high- to moderate-quality evidence shows no important benefit of vertebroplasty for acute or subacute osteoporotic vertebral fractures and cautions of its potential for harm. Undesirable side-effects from vertebroplasty include osteomyelitis, cord compression, thecal sac injury and respiratory failure. (1) How might chiropractic care conservatively handle a vertebral compression fracture? Consult your Fort Wayne chiropractor. The appropriate time after injury to add gentle Cox® Technic to the treatment plan for a vertebral fracture (generally around 6 weeks with careful tolerance testing) will be determined. In the interim, there are conservative options like bracing, good posture (with even a little extension), pain medications, etc., to lessen the pain. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to help! TIP OF THE MONTH: Try Curcumin! Curcumin is a plant-derived natural compound from the rhizome of the turmeric (curcuma longa) plant. It’s valuable for treating and preventing a variety of diseases, particularly age-associated ones like cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation and infection. (2) What an amazing polyphenol! It’s even shown to be superior to corticosteroids for dropping inflammation and to be beneficial alone and/or in combination with antibiotics for being antibacterial. (3,4) With so many remarkable benefits, curcumin may be a good addition to your nutrition routine. Let’s talk about it at your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today! Whether you have a new or old vertebral fracture or have a condition that curcumin would be good for, contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc looks forward to seeing you! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."