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Caring for compression fractures requires a thorough understanding of the causes and profound knowledge of the latest, minimally invasive treatment options.
Compression fractures are one of the more common spinal injuries. When a bone in the spine collapses, it is called a vertebral compression fracture.
These types of spinal injuries happen most often to people with conditions like osteoporosis. They can also occur from a fall, excessive pressure, or some kind of physical injury. Spinal compression fractures resulting from osteoporosis occur in approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. every year.* Compression fractures occur most commonly in the area at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine.
- Common Causes:
- Bone thinning osteoporosis
- Severe pain, especially with movement
- Pain medications
- Activity modification
- Back brace
- Kyphoplasty – First practice in NJ to perform this procedure!
Kyphoplasty is minimally invasive and is usually done as a same-day procedure. The physician injects bone cement into the collapsed vertebra to repair the fracture and restore vertebral height.
*Advances in Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Presented at 7th,” National Osteoporosis Foundation, Accessed April 10, 2013. Riggs, B.L., Melton L.J. 3rd, “The worldwide problem of osteoporosis: insights afforded by epidemiology,” Bone, 1995, 17(5 Suppl): p. 505S-511S.