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Spine Surgery

Spinal Compression Fracture Treatment

Treatment of a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis is generally two-pronged, involving both treatment of the fracture, and treatment of the underlying osteoporosis which led to the fracture.

Fracture treatment

Treatment for the vertebral fracture will generally involve non-surgical care, like rest, pain medication, use of heat or ice for local pain. Surgery might also be appropriate. The 2 most common kinds of surgery for this kind of fracture are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Both types of surgery could help the fracture heal.

  • Vertebroplasty - This minimally invasive treatment is devised to help lower or eliminate pain caused by a fractured vertebra and balance the bone. Low viscosity cement is administered directly into the contracted vertebral body under the pressure, with the aim of balancing the fracture and easing the related back pain.
  • Kyphoplasty - Identical to vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive technique devised to lower or stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to balance the bone, and to restore certain or all of the lost vertebral body height caused by the compression fracture.
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery - Spinal fusion surgery is sometimes used for spinal compression fractures to terminate movement between two vertebrae and ease pain. The technique joins two or more vertebrae together, holds them in the right position, and keeps them from moving until they have a chance to grow together, or join.

Metal screws are implanted through a small tube of bone and into the vertebrae. The screws are fixed to metal plates or metal rods which are bolted together in the back of the spine. The hardware keeps the vertebrae in place. This stops motion, enabling the vertebrae to join. Bone is grafted into the gaps between vertebrae.

Helping in avoiding future fractures by treating the osteoporosis

After sustaining one vertebral fracture, the patient is in danger of additional fractures, thus treatment of the patient’s underlying osteoporosis is a crucial part of the treatment plan.

Osteoporosis treatment will generally involve one or a combination of the following: calcium supplements, increased vitamin D, weight-bearing exercises, and hormone replacement therapy for women.

Because of the significant health and deformity risks associated with multiple vertebral fractures, it is advisable for patients who suspect their back pain might be from a fracture to get a precise diagnosis and follow a comprehensive treatment plan.

Dr. David Masel is well versed in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat neurological disorders affecting the spine. If you or anyone you know is suffering from spinal injuries or spinal cord disorders like :-

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spina bifida occulta
  • Spine trauma
  • Spinal tumors

Please book an appointment with Dr. Masel, call +1(469) 833-2927 to schedule a consultation.