Spinal fractures can be extremely painful. Often, osteoporosis or osteopenia can be the cause of these compression fractures within the vertebra of the spine. These are sometimes referred to as osteoporotic compression fractures due to loss of bone strength in the mid to lower back.
Women more often than men experience these fractures. This condition can occur without a specific injury or be caused by trauma or cancer of the spine. Chiu Yuen To, M.D., notes older women in the Midwest, who have less exposure to the sun and absorb less Vitamin D, are more likely to experience compression fractures.
Kyphoplasty is a painless procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia. Compression fractures often cause a decrease of height or forward rounding of the spine. Kyphoplasty can quickly relieve the pain caused by this condition.
To learn more about how compression fractures affect the vertebrae, watch this educational video.
Todd Nida, M.D., explains the procedure of Kyphoplasty, “First, a balloon is used to expand the disc and vertebral space and removed. Then a surgical glue or cement is used to ‘unscrunch’ the compressed area of the spine.” Dr. Nida says, “the pain is almost immediately relieved, and most patients return to their regular activities the next day.”
Dr. Nida explains the minimally invasive procedure that treats spine fractures caused by osteoporosis to provide rapid back pain relief and straighten the spine.
Christine, a patient of Daniel Fahim, M.D., explains her experience with Kyphoplasty after experiencing seven very painful compression fractures in her mid and lower back brought her life to a halt. After Kyphoplasty, she says, “I’m back” with the goal of walking 20 miles a day in a local breast cancer fundraising walk.
Watch Christine’s story below: