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Compression fractures can cause severe pain with a quick onset of symptoms. This condition usually occurs in the spine region, most commonly lumbar and thoracic. Compression fractures are often times treated by pain management specialists where they utilize diagnostic imaging tools to identify your compression fracture. After a quick interventional procedure patients almost immediately experience significant pain relief.
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of compression fractures. Osteoporosis is a condition where bone loss causes the bones to break easily. This leads to a vertebral body compression fracture causing the bone within the spine to collapse. Compression fractures also can be contributed from injuries and trauma to the spine., car crash,es and forceful impact from jumping or landing.
The most common symptoms from compression fractures are severe back pain, oftentimes causing limited mobility or disability in patients. Other symptoms may also include: arms or leg pain, weakness or numbness. Patients may find some pain relief laying down flat alleviating any pressure on their spine. Over an extended period of time, patients may notice a loss of height as a result of a deformity of the spine.
Treatments for vertebral compression fractures may heal over time with back bracing, rest, lying down and icing to promote healing. Medication management also might be paired with a few of these conservative therapies. If these do not provide the patient significant pain relief, most times we perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as kyphoplasty. A pain specialist will use a small needle to enter the vertebral body and uses a balloon-like tool to inflate the spine back to its original position. Cement is injected through a small hole which will return the spine to its proper state.