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Spinal Fracture Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Green Valley, AZ

Pain in your lower back is common, but if you feel a sudden pain in the middle of your back, chances are it’s a compression fracture. The doctors at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona can successfully treat a compression fracture by performing kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that restores the vertebra and relieves your pain. Call one of the offices in Tucson, Oro Valley, or Green Valley, Arizona, at the first sign of middle back pain, because kyphoplasty can only be done before the bone heals. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona.

Spinal Fracture Q & A

What is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty, also called balloon vertebroplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that effectively repairs spinal compression fractures. The procedure relieves your pain, restores height to the collapsed vertebra, and stabilizes your spine.

The most important thing to know about kyphoplasty is that you need to consult the team at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona as soon as possible after developing a compression fracture. Kyphoplasty must be performed before the bone has time to heal.

What causes a spinal compression fracture?

A compression fracture is a unique type of fracture caused by the collapse of a bone rather than a break. Most spinal compression fractures are caused by osteoporosis, which weakens the vertebrae so they can’t support your body. In a severe case of osteoporosis, your vertebrae are so brittle that a compression fracture can occur from a simple movement like bending over.

Compression fractures most often occur in the middle of your back and affect the front part of the vertebra. As a result, the front of the bone collapses and loses height, while the back stays at its normal height. If several adjoining vertebrae all sustain a compression fracture, they form a rounded shape, creating a noticeable bend or hump in your midback. This condition is called kyphosis.

What symptoms develop due to a compression fracture?

When a spinal compression fracture occurs, you’ll experience sudden back pain and often have limited movement. The pain is usually worse when you stand or walk and feels better when you lie down.

How is kyphoplasty performed?

Your doctor at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona makes a very small incision and inserts a narrow, hollow needle into the damaged vertebrae. A specialized type of real-time imaging called fluoroscopy is used to ensure the needle is guided into the proper position.

After the needle is in place, a balloon is inserted through the need and into your vertebra. As your doctor inflates the balloon, it corrects the problem by lifting the collapsed vertebra. After deflating and removing the balloon, your doctor fills the space with bone cement.

What should I expect after kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, so you’ll go home the same day. However, you’ll need to relax for 24 hours and your doctor may recommend that you avoid exercise or strenuous activities for about six weeks so your spine has time to heal.

If you sustain a compression fracture or have sudden back pain, call the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona.

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