Vertebroplasty appears no better than placebo for painful osteoporotic spinal fractures, and has potential to cause harm

Med J Aust. 2009 Nov 2;191(9):476-7. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03467.x.


Two randomised placebo-controlled trials show the importance of establishing the efficacy of procedures before adopting them into clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Osteoporosis / complications
  • Pain Measurement
  • Placebos
  • Spinal Fractures / etiology
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Vertebroplasty / adverse effects*


  • Placebos