Spine Pain from Vertebral Fractures – a Nationwide Problem.
Approximately 700,000 fractures of the vertebra (spine) occur each year — usually in women over the age of 60. Researchers estimate that at least 25 percent of women and a somewhat smaller percentage of men over the age of 50 will suffer one or more spinal fractures. Younger people also suffer these fractures, particularly those whose bones have become fragile due to the long-term use of steroids or other drugs. Of particular concern are spinal fractures caused by a progressive weakening of the bone — a condition called osteoporosis. The pain and loss of movement that often accompany fractures of the spine are perhaps the most feared and debilitating side effects of osteoporosis. For many people with osteoporosis, a spinal fracture means severely limited activity, constant pain and a serious reduction in the quality of their lives.
Until recently, reduced activity and pain medications, many of which cause problematic side effects, or invasive (and often unsuccessful) back surgery were virtually the only treatments available.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for treating painful vertebral fractures where a special balloon is inserted and gently inflated inside the fractured vertebrae. The goal of this step is to create a cavity for the cement and restore height to the bone thus reducing deformity of the spine. Then, a medical cement-like material is injected directly into the fractured bone. This stabilizes the fracture and provides immediate pain relief in most cases.
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If you are suffering from a painful spine fracture, call us now. Kyphoplasty is a safe, well-tolerated outpatient procedure performed at CiC under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Many patients get relief immediately. Your CiC physicians have successfully treated hundreds of spine fractures without surgery.