Compression fracture treatments are available from the interventional radiologists at the Association of Alexandria Radiologists. Our compression fracture treatment is minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, which allows most patients to return home the same day.
What are compression fractures?
Compression fractures are small breaks in the vertebra of the spine. Compression fractures are usually caused by osteoporosis, which weakens the bones, however they may also be caused by a specific injury or bone tumors. The most common symptom of a compression fracture is severe back pain, which may become chronic. Multiple compression fractures can also cause loss of height, as well as curvature of the spine, which is often visible as a hump on the back.
Compression Fracture Treatment
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty are two types of compression fracture treatment, which use an acrylic bone cement to stabilize the vertebra and the spine. Both procedures are performed under mild sedation and do not require major surgery or stitches.
- Kyphoplasty – During a Kyphoplasty procedure, imaging guidance is used to place a tube and a balloon into the vertebra. Once inside, the balloon is inflated to create a cavity where bone cement is injected. After just a few minutes, the cement hardens and helps to stabilize the spine.
- Vertebroplasty – During a Vertebroplasty procedure, imaging guidance is used to place a needle into the damaged vertebra. Bone cement is injected through the needle into the vertebra. After just a few minutes, the cement hardens and helps to stabilize the spine.
Learn More About Compression Fracture Treatment
The board certified interventional radiologists at the Association of Alexandria Radiologists provide minimally invasive compression fracture treatments that eliminate pain and provide permanent stability for the spine. To learn more about compression fracture treatments, schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist. You can request an appointment online or call us at 703-824-3260.