KureSmart Pain Management provides the latest in treatments and procedures for addressing conditions that can cause chronic pain and discomfort. A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) can lead to increased pain and decreased mobility as the spine collapses. Many patients will experience increased pain when laying down, loss in height and a more hunched-forward stature. Over time, a vertebral compression fracture can cause permanent nerve damage and changes in posture.
What causes a vertebral compression fracture?
The most common cause of this type of condition is advancing Osteoporosis. For patients with severe osteoporosis, something as simple as bending forward can cause a vertebral compression fracture. Other possible causes are trauma, commonly a car accident and metastatic tumors in the spine. It is important to seek medical advice if you experience sudden or increasing back pain, especially if you have osteoporosis. Prompt treatment is the key to a more favorable outcome and can minimize permanent damage. To diagnose your vertebral compression fracture, your doctor may order a x-ray, CT, CAT scan, or MRI.
Symptoms of VCF
Many people may not realize they are suffering from a VCF. A vertebral compression fracture causes back pain but this is a common ailment in older men and women. If you have one or more of the following symptoms of VCF, it is important that you seek treatment.
- Abrupt occurrence of back pain
- Back pain that increases in intensity when standing up
- Back that decreases intensity when laying on your back (feel a sense of relief)
- Increase in pain while rotating spine (like when changing positions)
- Increase in back pain when coughing or sneezing
- Noticeable shorter in height
- Develop a deformity or disability
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty, also called balloon vertebroplasty, is a minimally invasive treatment option for addressing a vertebral compression fracture, minimizing the common risks associated with a surgical procedure. KureSmart offers this treatment option which can offer significant, immediate pain relief for many patients.
The procedure is performed using anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Using a Fluoroscope for guided imaging, your physician will insert a needle under the skin in the affected area and into the vertebral fracture. A small balloon device inserted through the needle is used to expand the fractured vertebrae and create a space for the insertion of special bone cement. This material will stabilize the damaged bone and provide improved posture, mobility and overall comfort once healed. Your treatment should last about one to two hours depending on the number of vertebrae that are being treated.
Am I a candidate for Kyphoplasty?
KureSmart evaluates all patients experiencing back pain to diagnose the root cause and provide the most effective treatment. While most patients in good overall health are considered candidates for kyphoplasty, we will discuss any concerns you may have and take into consideration factors that could affect your recovery.
Schedule A Consultation
Do you have back pain? Have you recently been diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture? Contact your local KureSmart Pain Management location to schedule a consultation and explore your treatment options.