Vertebroplasty vindicated for early fractures

New evidence from an Australian trial backs the use of vertebroplasty in selected patients with painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.

A randomised trial in 120 patients showed that vertebroplasty was superior to placebo in reducing pain and disability during a six-month follow-up for patients with osteoporotic fractures of less than six weeks’ duration.

The study, carried out