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Compression Fracture

Compression Fracture

Fractures can occur in your spine when the vertebrae (bones) become soft and deteriorated, such as in patients with osteoporosis. The bones in the back can break and cause the vertebra to collapse, called a compression fracture. These fractures can be triggered by ordinary activities, such as lifting heavy objects or even minor falls and trips. A sign that this might be happening to you is if you are experiencing back pain that is new or worse than your usual pain.

Although the most common cause for a compression fracture is osteoporosis, spinal compression fractures are also caused by other uncommon causes, such as a tumor in the vertebrae.

Depending on the severity of your situation, pain medication, bracing, and rest to heal the spine may be the best form of treatment. If you have tremendous pain from the fracture, surgical treatment to restore the vertebra is the best solution. This procedure is referred to as a kyphoplasty. The Department of Neurosurgery at The Longstreet Clinic specializes in minimally invasive procedures using the latest technological advances. Our neurosurgeons will sit down with you one-on-one to diagnose your condition and recommend the next step.

The expert neurosurgeons at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. have extensive knowledge in diagnosing and treating an array of spine conditions, including compression fractures. Our board certified team of physicians will be with you every step of the way to ensure full recovery.

For more information or to request a consultation with one of our trusted neurosurgeons, call 770-533-7288 or contact us.