Compression fractures of the spine are common, especially in people over the age of 50. Compression fractures occur when a vertebrae collapses due to a sudden trauma or from weakened bones due to osteoporosis. The fractured vertebrae can cause severe pain and limited mobility. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available for compression fractures.
In some cases, non-surgical treatments may be enough to relieve pain and inflammation caused by compression fractures. Non-surgical treatments may include rest, physical therapy, medications such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxers, and bracing or a back corset. These treatments can help reduce pain and swelling while allowing the fracture to heal on its own. In addition, these treatments can help strengthen weakened bones in order to prevent future fractures.
If non-surgical treatments prove ineffective in relieving pain and improving mobility, surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the fracture and its location within the spine. There are several different surgical options that can be used to treat compression fractures including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. During these procedures, a surgeon will insert instrumentation into the fractured vertebrae in order to stabilize it and restore its height as much as possible. This is done using special tools such as screws or rods which may also be used to correct any spinal deformities caused by the fracture.
Compression fractures of the spine can be painful and debilitating but fortunately there are many treatment options available that can help relieve pain and improve mobility. Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments such as rest, physical therapy, medications or bracing/back corset; or they may suggest surgical options such as vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. At POSMC our Spine Doctors specialize in treating compression fractures with minimally invasive procedures designed to reduce pain quickly while helping you return to your normal activities as soon as possible. If you have suffered from a compression fracture please contact us today for an appointment with one of our experienced spine surgeons!
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