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Written by a team of specialists from Europe and the United States, this volume is a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the physiology, biomechanics, natural history, clinical presentation, complications, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of vertebral osteoporosis and compression fractures. Coverage includes detailed information on vertebroplasty and the use of synthetic bone void filler for repair of vertebral fractures. Other chapters discuss pharmacological management of osteoporosis, physical activity and exercise recommendations, use of orthoses for vertebral compression fractures, and pain management. Several contributors offer decision-making advice on when to operate and analyze the costs and benefits of medical and surgical treatment.