Osteoporotic fracture and conservative management in Parkinson's disease and Pisa syndrome: Case report

Francesco Lena, Mohammad Etoom, Mohammad Al-Wardat, Nicola Modugno

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Osteoporotic fractures (OF) may occur without major trauma or injury. This case reports present a spine OF in Parkinson's disease (PD) and Pisa syndrome (PS). A 75-years-old woman diagnosed with PD for 19 years and PS has been developed. She recently has acute and severe low back pain. No recent injury or fall. After clinical examination and radiograph imaging, moderate wedge compression OF at L2 was revealed without a spinal cord or nerve compression. A program of conservative treatment was applied include antiosteoporotic supplementary, 6-days of bed rest, spine orthosis, and 10-weeks of exercises. The study adapted to use the following outcomes: visual analogues scale for low back pain, wall goniometer for lateral trunk flexion, and Oswesrty disability index for disability. After the intervention, the outcomes were improved as these values: visual analogues scales 7 points, lateral trunk flexion 20°, and Oswesrty disability index 60%. The case report suggests that the posture deformity as PS in PD may increase the risk of spine OF. The conservative treatment could be beneficial and safe for the OF in PD and PS. Further studies are required to confirm the role of PD postural deformities in OF and the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Aged
  • Back Pain
  • Conservative Treatment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Osteoporotic Fractures/therapy
  • Parkinson Disease/complications
  • Spine


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