Vertebral Compression Fracture

A compression fracture in the back indicates a broken vertebrae. Referred to as vertebral compression fractures, this condition can be caused by osteoporosis, injury to the back, bone spurs or tumors, or a spine disease. If a vertebral compression fracture is not immediately treated, surgical intervention such as kyphoplasty may be necessary.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we believe in using a conservative approach to treatment before considering surgery. Our Center is conveniently located in Irvine and provides the best brain and spine treatment to the residents of California. Dr. Burak Ozgur uses a multidisciplinary approach to spine care and use each other’s expertise to better facilitate care for each patient.
Compression fractures can develop from a degenerative disease or can be the result of a sudden injury. Patients with broken vertebrae often feel pain in the mid to lower part of the spine. Pain symptoms are commonly described as “knife-like” and can leave the patient temporarily disabled.
When a compression fracture is untreated, the spine can lose height and cause severe spinal manipulation. The spine can lose as much as six inches to its height. When the spine is manipulated, a patient’s posture is as well. A hunched posture can cause numbness, weakness, difficulty walking, tingling, and loss of bowel and bladder control.
Upon a physical exam, a doctor can determine if the spine shows kyphosis or tenderness in the affected bones in the spine. Depending on the severity of the condition, a doctor may order a X-ray, CT, or MRI scan for better analysis. In some cases, a bone density test can look for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition and often found in older adults. Usually, compression fractures from osteoporosis don’t cause damage to the spinal cord and can be treated with medicines as well as calcium supplements to strengthen the bones. Additional treatments may include:

  • Temporary bed rest
  • Pain medication
  • Back braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Calcitonin medicine to help relieve bone pain

If the vertebral compression fracture is severe enough and cannot be treated with conservative therapies, surgery may be done. A balloon kyphoplasty or spinal fusion are the surgical options to treat vertebral compression fractures. After surgery, a brace will most commonly be ordered to be worn between six to eight weeks.
If you or someone you know has debilitating back pain, schedule an appointment at ONE Brain and Spine Center today. We are experts in minimally invasive treatments and offer the best options for spine pain relief. Don’t let your condition worsen, and get help today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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