Is Everyone With a Compression Fracture a Candidate for a Kyphoplasty?

Compression Fracture, Kyphoplasty,Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers

Osteoporosis affects 10 million adults in the U.S., and of those, about 750,000 develop a compression fracture. Being told you have a broken back sounds like a scary diagnosis, but you have many treatment options to help your bones heal and get relief from your pain, including the minimally invasive kyphoplasty.

At Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we want nothing more than for you to get back to doing the things you love, and we offer the most advanced treatments to help you get there.

What is a compression fracture?

Your spine is made up of 24 vertebral bones that sit on top of each other and separated by cushiony tissue. These bones work together to help you bend, twist, rotate, and extend your body in all different directions. A compression fracture is a break, or collapse, in one or more of these vertebral bones from too much pressure on the vertebral body.

Your bones are living tissue that’s continuously being broken down and rebuilt. If you have osteoporosis, your bones are breaking down faster than your body can rebuild them, leading to weak, fragile bones that are highly susceptible to breaking, and a sneeze, misstep, or simply bending wrong can cause enough pressure to lead to a compression fracture.

Though osteoporosis is one of the leading causes of compression fractures, you may also experience a compression fracture from a bad fall, a forceful jump, or car accident.

Your treatment options

Like any broken bone, a compression fracture can cause severe pain and may limit mobility. Over time, the collapsed bone can also lead to loss of height or a spinal deformity known as kyphosis, which creates a rounding in your spine often referred to as a hunchback.

Surgery isn’t always recommended for a compression fracture. Because your compression fracture may be able to heal on its own, At Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we may first recommend conservative treatment such as:

But if conservative measures aren’t working for you, minimally invasive surgical treatment, such as a kyphoplasty, may be a consideration.

What’s so special about kyphoplasty?

A kyphoplasty is a fairly new procedure and borrows some techniques from the vertebroplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that injects an acrylic bone cement into your spine to provide stability to your fractured vertebrae. The kyphoplasty also uses the bone cement, but instead of placing it directly on your vertebrae, the cement is placed into inflatable balloons that are surgically placed in your vertebrae. The kyphoplasty not only provides bone stability, but also restores vertebral height. The entire procedure takes less than an hour, and, in most cases, you can go home afterward.

Good candidates for kyphoplasty

If your compression fracture is affecting your quality of life, you may be considered a good candidate for kyphoplasty. It’s generally recommended if your compression fracture is due to osteoporosis or some other pathological cause, such as metastatic cancer.

You may not be considered a good candidate for kyphoplasty if your back pain is the result of another cause, such as herniated disc or spinal stenosis. At Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we conduct thorough examinations, which include diagnostic testing, to see if this advanced, minimally invasive procedure works for you.

To learn more about kyphoplasty, or other treatment options for your back pain, call Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers today, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

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