Excruciating back pain can often be the only symptom of a compression fracture. This type of fracture occurs when a bone in the spinal column (vertebra) collapses. Sometimes, multiple compression fractures can occur when more than one bone or vertebra collapses. Multiple compression fractures lead to a spinal deformity called kyphosis where the upper back bends forward, creating a hunchback appearance.
Kyphoplasty for Compression Fracture
Weakened, soft bones are typically the cause of compression fractures and are usually caused by osteoporosis, a bone-thinning condition.
At Source Healthcare, our spine specialists are board-certified and have decades of experience in the use of advanced minimally invasive and non-invasive techniques such as kyphoplasty to help clients find optimal pain relief. When administered by our skilled experts, kyphoplasty eliminates pain, improves mobility and quality of life. As the top-rated Santa Monica spine and interventional pain management clinic, we have a proven track record of helping our clients experience rapid pain relief with kyphoplasty.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Like vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty injects special cement into your vertebrae — with the additional step of creating space for the treatment with a balloon-like device. Kyphoplasty can restore a damaged vertebra’s height and may also relieve pain.
Doctors might recommend kyphoplasty for cancer-damaged vertebrae or certain spinal fractures. In most cases, a weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) has caused the vertebrae to compress or collapse, causing pain or a hunched posture.
How the Procedure Works
Before the procedure:
Your doctor will examine you, possibly drawing blood for testing and using X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate the fractures.
During the procedure:
- An anesthesiologist will deliver medicine through an IV to either relax you and relieve your pain or put you to sleep.
- With X-ray guidance, your doctor will insert a needle through your skin and back muscles into the bone, then inflate a balloon to help the vertebra regain its normal shape.
- Your doctor will inject the cement while checking X-rays to ensure it’s going into the right place.
- Your doctor will remove the needle, with no stitches needed.
- The entire procedure will probably take less than an hour, though it may last longer if more vertebrae are treated.
After the Procedure
You will spend time in the recovery room. You could go home the same day, but your doctor may want you to stay overnight.
It’s possible that an hour after the procedure, you could start walking.
You may feel some soreness where the needle entered your back, but this lasts no more than a few days. You may quickly notice that you have less pain than you did, before the surgery.
Talk to your doctor about whether you should avoid any activities after the procedure.
Your doctor may suggest taking certain vitamins, minerals, and medications to help strengthen your bones and prevent additional spinal fractures.
Book an Appointment with Our Board-Certified Specialists
Source Healthcare is a premium Santa Monica pain management clinic that offers a wide range of minimally-invasive and non-invasive pain relief treatments. Our board-certified interventional specialists are highly skilled in regenerative medicine, spinal cord stimulation, PRP, injections, stem cell injections, and interventional pain procedures. We offer the best treatments in Santa Monica for compression fractures, sports injuries, knee, arm, back, and neck pain or herniated discs.
From a detailed initial consultation to extensive monitoring during and after the procedure, we believe in building strong doctor-client relationships that help us deliver exceptional results every time. Our focus is on offering a safe and flawless experience to our clients with a quick turnaround time for diagnosis and treatment with an emphasis on evidence-based cutting edge procedures.
Schedule an appointment today with our interventional specialists to experience maximum pain relief.