Spine fractures in elderly patients

Journal: Osteologie
ISSN: 1019-1291


Issue: Issues of 2014 (Vol. 23): Issue 1 2014 (1-72)
Pages: 29-34

Spine fractures in elderly patients

M. Zegg (1), W. Böcker (2), R. Schmid (1), M. Blauth (1), C. Kammerlander (1)

(1) Universitätsklink für Unfallchirurgie, Medizinische Universität Innsbruck/Österreich; (2) Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg, Standort Gießen, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen/Deutschland


Geriatrics, Osteoporosis, multidisciplinary, Orthopaedics, Spine fractures, traumatology


Due to underlying osteoporosis and comorbid conditions the treatment of spine fractures in elderly patients is challenging. Most of them can be treated nonoperatively but when surgery is required the treatment regimens are widely empiric with missing evidence-based concepts. Therefore when dealing with geriatric patients with vertebral fractures often individual concepts are needed. Early mobilization is crucial for best possible outcome. Besides the surgical treatment also treatment of underlying comorbidities such as osteoporosis as well as specific nursing and physical therapy are needed.