Surgery for Vertebral Compression Fractures. When symptoms from a vertebral fracture are severe, rest and pain medication are recommended. In most cases, the pain associated with vertebral fractures resolves over time with conservative measures. In cases that do not get better with these therapies, surgery may be recommended. Surgical techniques used to treat vertebral compression fractures include percutaneous vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and spinal fusion. The procedure involves injecting a special cement (polymethylmethacrylate) into both sides of the fractured vertebra. Some evidence suggests that percutaneous vertebroplasty may be no better than placebo for pain relief. In 2010, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons issued a guideline recommending that the procedure not be used to treat spinal compression fractures. As with vertebroplasty, possible complications of kyphoplasty include soft-tissue damage and nerve-root pain and compression. Read more about common causes of back pain and how to treat them.
Looking to take your yoga practice to the next level? The benefits of yoga and other chair exercises for seniors arrive in a multitude of ways – better flexibility, less stress, social interaction, weight management, disease prevention, the list goes on.
Short of hopping to the mat each day, however, there are a handful of fun and creative ways to upgrade your yoga routine for the better.
Did you know essential oils like lavender and sandalwood have been used for hundreds of years as aromatic therapy aids?
The olfactory sense (smell) connects to the brain in a powerful way, inducing everything from memory to relaxation, heightened attention and focus, as well as clarity and positivity. Just think about how warm and good the smell of Thanksgiving food makes you feel!
When it comes to yoga practice, aromatherapy can happen in a few ways. You (or your yoga teacher) may burn incense or a candle, or diffuse essential oils in an aroma diffuser.
There are also essential oil sprays which you can spritz your personal yoga mat with to enhance the effects of your practice.
Ask a Friend to Join
While yoga does get practiced in a space of calm and quiet, asking a friend to join adds that social component every senior should strive for.
Social interaction is effective at combating feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. Moreover, engaging with others in activity and conversation provides mental stimulation believed to help prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
Asking a friend to join you for yoga class might include grabbing a power smoothie or a quick bite afterwards, turning your healthy exercise habit into a weekly date.
Yoga practice can also bring up emotions and thoughts which may be worked through after class through a discussion with a good friend. Find yoga classes at a studio near you with online search tools like…