Physicians Use Orthopedic Balloon to Mend Spinal Fractures


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.

Kristin Hosfelt


Kristin Hosfelt joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in September of 2012. Pursuing a career in TV news has been a dream of hers since she first stepped foot in a news studio at 12-years-old. She has a true passion for storytelling and loves knowing each day working in the field, will be different than the day before.

She's a California native and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in broadcast journalism. She previously worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer for SJSU's student-run newscast, and interned at KCRA News in Sacramento, CA and NBC Bay Area in San Jose, CA.

When she's not in the newsroom she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She's a Packers Shareholder, a cross fit junkie and she's always looking for the best place to get Mexican food.

She's thrilled to be here on the east coast and if you see her around be sure to say hello!

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