Pain Type: Compression fractures typically occur due to osteoporosis, and women over the age of 50 are most susceptible. As you age, your bones become weak and everyday activities can cause brittle bones to fracture. These little fractures can lead to a collapse in your vertebrae – known as a compression fracture. Compression fractures can also occur when a traumatic injury takes places (such as a car accident or sports related accident). Compression fractures can also occur due to tumors and cancer.
Symptoms: If you have been involved in a traumatic accident, sudden severe pain may be felt in the back, arms, legs, or neck. It may also be felt along both sides of the spine. If the compression fracture is due to the weakening of your bones, the pain should be much milder. You may notice a loss of height, stooped over posture, or no pain when resting.
Treatment: Narcotic Medication, Non-Narcotic Medication, Physical Therapy,
Kyphoplasty: Kyphoplasty is a procedure used in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. During this procedure you will be given anesthesia and lie on your stomach. With the use of fluoroscopy, a needle is injected into the compressed vertebrae. Through this needle, a balloon is placed into the compressed area and inflated – filling the void. Once the height is restored with the use of the inflated balloon, it is removed and cement is injected. This process effectively elevates the compression fracture into its normal position and stabilized the bone!