Compression Fractures

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
    • Falls
  • Symptoms:
    • Severe pain, especially with movement
  • Treatments:
    • 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.