The only possible solution for those people with broken vertebra was wearing a back brace and waiting to heal. In order to relieve pain, narcotics were used.
In the past couple of years a new approach to this problem was created, an approach that was not proven and with success guaranties. A new treatment called vertebroplasty, is a procedure in which a form of cement is injected into the broken spinal bone and kyphoplasty which involves inserting a balloon into the vertebra and inflating it to restore the bone's shape before injecting cement No one is sure why it helps, or even if it does.
Some research even point that it may be harmful in the long run, because when one vertebra is shored up, adjacent ones may be more likely to break. Still, there is a very big demand for this procedure as it is a question of choice. Procedure seems to spread incredibly fast and has largely uncritical acceptance. In three years, the number of vertebroplasties nearly doubled, to more than 27,000 in 2004 from 14,000 in 2001.
Some of the researchers tried to make a trial but they ran into paitents disapproval because they were afraid that they may receive a placebo. Now the investigators are looking for subjects overseas, but they agree that the study's prospects are dim and that its failure would leave critical questions unanswered.