compression fracture

Douglas P. Beall, MD, on the Challenges in Vertebral Compression Fracture Management


In this podcast, Dr Beall, from Clinical Radiology of Oklahoma, discusses challenges in the overall management of vertebral compression fractures, how clinicians can differentiate between moderate to severe and asymptomatic fractures, the importance of initiating treatment early, and more.

Douglas P. Beall, MD, is chief of Radiology Services at Clinical Radiology of Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.


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