Vertebral Compression Fractures

A vertebral compression fracture—or spine fracture—occurs when one of the bones within the spinal column weakens and then collapses. It can result in extreme pain, and if not treated properly, can result in more serious health problems. These fractures are often the result of osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to lose density, mass and strength and makes them vulnerable to fracturing.

compression fracture treatment

If conventional treatment is not working or relieving pain, there are minimally invasive options to permanently treat vertebral compression fractures.

Vertebroplasty uses imaging to guide a needle into a vertebral compression fracture. A special type of fast-drying bone cement is then injected into the fractured vertebrae. The cement hardens, stabilizing and strengthening the bone.

A variation of this procedure, called kyphoplasty, uses a balloon inserted into the vertebra which is inflated to restore the bone to a more natural position. When deflated, the balloon creates a hollow cavity into which bone cement is injected. With either procedure, significant pain relief can be almost immediate.

If you have a vertebral compression fracture, our doctors can help you determine if vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty is right for you. Visit our contact page or call us at 947-228-5500 to learn more about your options.

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