A compression fracture is an injury to the vertebrae bones of the spine. It causes sudden severe pain that is often associated with trauma, such as a fall. Although anyone can have a compression fracture, it most commonly occurs in the elderly; especially in women with bone loss after menopause (osteoporosis). A compression fracture can take a long time to heal and may involve significant suffering.
Treatment for compression fractures involves injecting plastic cement into the crushed vertebra. These treatments are called kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. In kyphoplasty, a balloon is used to restore partial height to the shortened vertebra. It is best to treat the fracture as soon as possible after injury.
At IPS, we treat compression fractures quickly and comfortably in our office setting. We give priority to this procedure as patients often have immediate relief.