Spinal compression fractures (SCF) occur when the vertebrae become weakened from osteoporosis or other conditions. The pressure on the spine can allow the weakened vertebrae to crack and collapse, creating pressure on the surrounding nerves. SCFs are a common cause of neck and back pain. Minimally-invasive treatment options without surgery are available to offer pain relief. Hanowell Spine Clinic offers vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for SCF at our clinic in Covington, GA.
Vertebroplasty for Vertebra SCF
When a vertebra is cracked or fractured but has not collapsed, it can be strengthened with vertebroplasty. This procedure uses an x-ray guided needle to deliver special bone cement into the fractured vertebra, repairing the bone and stabilizing the vertebra. By strengthening the vertebra with a spinal compression fracture through vertebroplasty, further damage can be prevented, and the spine is stabilized.
Kyphoplasty for Collapsed Vertebrae
When a vertebra with a compression fracture has collapsed, kyphoplasty can be used to reshape and repair the vertebra without surgery. To perform this procedure, a specialized needle is guided by x-ray imaging to the targeted vertebra. A surgical balloon is inserted inside the vertebra and inflated to gently restore the shape of the collapsed bone. Once expanded, bone cement is injected into the area to strengthen the vertebra walls and relieve pressure on nerves inside and around the structure.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty can offer back and neck pain relief and protect the spine from further deterioration without surgery. If you have spinal compression fractures that are impacting your spine stability or causing pain, come see us at Hanowell Spine Clinic. We offer minimally-invasive treatments for spinal repairs and pain relief at our clinic in Covington, GA. Contact us today to schedule your exam and consultation with one of our spine specialists.