Spinal Compression Fractures
There are a total of 33 vertebrae in the human body, each of which plays an essential role in supporting the body and protecting the nervous system. When a vertebra is fractured or collapsed, immediate treatment is necessary. A spine fracture may be caused by a fall, overextension, or even a simple movement like a cough or sneeze.
Spinal compression fractures are most common in patients who have experienced a spinal fracture in the past or have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, cancer, or low bone mineral density. Pain from a spinal fracture can be mild or severe, spread out or limited to a specific area, and may develop gradually.
Treating Spinal Compression Fractures
The interventional radiologists on staff at Mountain Vista Medical Center use a variety of diagnostic tools such as CT scans, MRIs, and bone scans to determine if a patient is suffering from a spinal compression fracture.
While a minor compression fracture in the neck can be treated with use of a basic neck brace for 6-8 weeks, more severe or complex fractures may need surgery. Depending on your condition, you may receive treatment from an orthopaedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, or interventional radiologist.
The interventional radiologists at Mountain Vista Medical Center can perform several minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat spinal compression fractures, including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
During these procedures, which take 30-45 minutes, small needles are inserted into the back, through which a balloon is passed. The balloon is then inflated, creating a space in the collapsed vertebral body. Cement is injected into the cavity, restoring the vertebra to its proper shape and promoting pain relief.
Learn more about interventional radiology at Mountain Vista Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).