BANGOR - Osteoporosis contributes to more than 700,000 spinal fractures in the US each year, that's double the amount of hip fractures. But local physicians are using a unique process to correct spinal fractures in area seniors.
It all started when 70-year-old Elizabeth Atwood missed a step on the ladder while washing windows.
Normally a very active individual, Atwood spent several weeks bed ridden, and in complete agony. An MRI showed a fracture in her thoracic vertebrae. Her primary care doctor said she'd be a prefect candidate for balloon kyphoplasty, and that's when she met with the doctors at Northeast Pain Management.
It's a minimally invasive procedure that takes about an hour to complete. Dr. Zolper says it's covered by most insurances including medicare, and the risk involved is relatively low.
It takes a few months to fully recover, and requires a few follow-up appointments, but for Elizabeth Atwood who's less than 2 weeks out from surgery, the relief was instantaneous.