Spinal compression fractures refer to cracks and fractures in the vertebrae (bones of your spine) due to aging, injury, or osteoporosis.
Vertebral or spinal compression fractures can be treated with Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. These are minimally invasive procedures for stabilizing the vertebrae and relieving pain.
While vertebroplasty involves injecting a cement-like substance directly into the fractured vertebrae, in kyphoplasty a small balloon is first inflated into the fractured area to expand the vertebrae before injecting the bone cement, to stabilize the bone. Patients can usually return home the same day.
Who is a good candidate for kyphoplasty?
Generally, the sooner the procedure of kyphoplasty is performed, the better are the chances of restoring spinal alignment. Other factors that affect treatment with kyphoplasty include –
- severe pain that doesn’t respond to pain medication
- movement limitations, such as inability to stand or walk
- fractures with
- loss of height
- angular deformity
- progressive collapse
- fractures located at the junction of the middle and lower spine (the area of the spine between the lumbar spine and the rib cage)
Pain and Spine Clinics in Phoenix, Arizona offer a wide variety of interventional pain treatments, such as steroid injections and nerve blocks, to treat acute and chronic pain, so that you can live a pain-free, healthy and productive life, doing things that you enjoy most.