Spinal Compression Fracture Treatment For Kansas City & Missouri

What is Spinal Compression Fracture, and how does it occur?

The most common cause of spinal compression fractures is osteoporosis. They are more prevalent in women than men, and they are generally discovered in the elderly. Many elderly males, however, have osteoporotic compression fractures. Although this is less common, they can also be linked to spine cancers or cancer that has spread to the spine. The pain caused by these breaks varies from minor to excruciating. Fractures can be the result of a fall or other accident in persons with severe osteoporosis, although it may also be attributable to bending, twisting, or lifting objects.

Compression of one or more of the vertebral bodies in the spine will typically be evident on an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI. MRI is often most useful as it can help determine the age of the fracture. A nuclear medicine bone scan may be ordered in cases when a patient is unable to undergo an MRI and there is uncertainty regarding the age of a fracture.

Symptoms

  • Back pain has suddenly arisen.
  • When sitting or walking, the pain becomes more intense.
  • During rest pain intensity decreases.
  • The ability to move your spine decreases or becomes limited.
  • Loss of height is a possible result.
  • Deformity and disability may occur in the long run.

What is the treatment for a Spinal Compression Fracture?

We’ll talk about your treatment alternatives based on the findings of your imaging test and clinic consultation. The most frequent treatment for spinal compression fractures is Kyphoplasty.

What is Kyphoplasty, and how does it work?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses medical-grade “bone cement” to prevent spinal compression from worsening and relieve back discomfort.

A needle is inserted into the skin with X-ray guidance and pushed through the vertebra. A balloon is inserted and inflated through the needle to restore missing height of the bone. To stabilize the fracture, cement is injected into the space created by the balloon.

At our clinic, moderate sedation is used during kyphoplasty. Recovery time is minimal.