Stop Pain from Vertebral Compression Fractures
VCFs, a growing problem for older adults, occur when vertebrae in the spine collapse and fracture which can cause severe and chronic pain, deformity and even loss of height.
Kyphoplasty involves creating a tiny incision, inserting and inflating a small balloon to create a cavity inside the vertebrae, and injecting the area with a cement-like material that hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
Within 24-hours of the procedure, most patients are near pain-free and are back to normal activities with no restrictions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the common causes of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs)?
Common causes of VCFs include:
- Multiple myeloma
- Metastatic bone disease
What are the risk factors for VCFs?
Risk factors for VCFs include:
- Increasing age
- Caucasian or Asian ethnicity
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
- Cigarette smoking
What are my treatment options for VCFs?
- Opioid prescription
- Back bracing
- Bed rest
- Physical therapy
While these are commonly viewed as acceptable patient care pathways, kyphoplasty offers a more effective method that involves a safe, 20-minute procedure that patients do exceptionally well with and are typically near pain-free within 24 hours of intervention. Clinical research heavily supports this procedure over conservative management methods.