20 Jul Repairing Cracked Vertebrae and Compression Fractures
If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to be gentle with your body. Osteoporosis makes bones brittle and fragile, increasing the possibility of compression fractures and cracked vertebrae. These cracked bones often heal on their own within three months. In some cases, however, the healing process takes a little longer and causes significant back pain. The good news is that there are several surgical procedures that can help relieve the pain.
Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty and spinal fusion surgery are some options to consider. They work better than medications and back braces and provide long-term relief. They do carry risks, however, so be sure to discuss these procedures with your doctor. Read on to learn more about these pain relief options for bone issues. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
A small balloon is put into the damaged bone. The balloon is then inflated so that it slightly lifts up the spine. Once the spine is in the correct position, the doctor removes the balloon. The space left behind is filled with cement.
Vertebroplasty also involves the use of cement. The doctor uses an X-ray to guide a needle into the painful area. The cement is then injected into the damaged vertebrae. You will then need to lie on your back until the cement hardens (an hour or so).
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery is the most extensive of these three surgeries and is recommended only in serious cases. Your doctor will recommend more conservative approaches first. This surgery uses bone grafts from your pelvis to help speed along new bone growth. The bone grafts and broken bones are held in place using rods, plates, and screws until they eventually fuse together naturally.
Let Scottsdale Pain Management Expert Dr. Nikesh Seth Repair Cracked and Fractured Bones
Even if you have bones that are not completely broken, a crack or fracture in your back can still cause significant pain. Scottsdale pain management experts at Integrated Pain Consultants have many treatment options – many which are non-surgical – that can help you find relief. Don’t let pain control your life. Make pain-free living your goal by scheduling your appointment online today – (480) 626-2552.