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April 26, 2000

Spine Strength

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JAMA. 2000;283(16):2096. doi:10.1001/jama.283.16.2096

Reinforcing the spine with liquid bone cement may help ward off the pain and disfigurement of osteoporosis.

The procedure, called percutaneous vertebroplasty, consists of injecting sterile liquid bone cement with the consistency of toothpaste into fractured vertebral bodies of the spine. The cement fills tiny holes and crevasses, strengthening collapsed vertebrae and relieving pressure and pain. The procedure is intended for use soon after a vertebral fracture, which can shorten the height of the spine's vertebral body by 20% to 30%.