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When a vertebrae is fractured and causes severe pain, a minimally-invasive procedure called “kyphoplasty” can be used to treat the pain from the fracture in the vertebrae. A needle is used to create a canal within the vertebrae under X-ray guidance and a special bone cement (resembling super glue) is injected into the fracture. The procedure aims to reduce pain and also to restore or improve heights and function of the vertebrae. Most often damage to the vertebra’s height is caused by trauma or osteoporosis.