What Are the Treatments for Vertebral Fractures?
The doctors at OrthoNeuro offer customized treatment plans for spine fractures. Your condition may improve with a short period of rest and pain medications.
Your orthopedic surgeon might also recommend a back brace to immobilize your spine so your vertebral compression fracture can heal.
Some patients may need a surgical procedure to repair a vertebral compression fracture. OrthoNeuro offers vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to repair your damaged vertebra.
Both spine surgery options are minimally invasive procedures, and your doctor can treat more than one vertebrae at a time.
You lie on your front during vertebroplasty, and your surgeon uses X-ray guidance to locate your fractured vertebra. They insert a hollow needle into your broken vertebra and inject surgical cement. When the cement hardens, it fills and stabilizes your vertebra.
Kyphoplasty is a similar procedure, except your surgeon first inserts a small surgical balloon into your broken vertebra. They inflate the balloon to create space inside your vertebra before injecting the surgical cement.
Whether you have nonsurgical or surgical treatment, the goals are pain relief, increased bone strength, and a safe return to your regular activities.
How Can I Prevent Spine Fractures?
You can improve and protect your bone mineral density to lower your risk of osteoporosis and compression fractures. Including adequate calcium and vitamin D in your diet helps maintain your bone mass and strength.