Spinal Fracture Treatment to Ease Back Pain and Restore Your Physical Mobility
Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are a common type of back injury that often results from osteoporosis or trauma. When your vertebrae are compressed, you could experience decreased range of motion, height loss, and chronic pain. Dr. Aron D. Rovner offers spinal fracture treatment at his New Jersey and New York area offices. He takes a conservative approach and will always begin with the simplest, least invasive options. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, treatments can include medications, physical therapy, back braces, and laparoscopic surgery. These treatments can dramatically reduce pain and improve your daily quality of life.
Dr. Rovner is internationally recognized for his ability to treat lumbar spine injuries, and he has undergone advanced training in balloon kyphoplasty.
What Are Vertebral Compression Fractures?
There are several types of vertebral compression fractures, and they most often occur in the lower back.
- Wedge fractures are the most common type of VCF. Typically, they develop in the front part of the vertebra. The back of your vertebra will remain intact, creating a wedge shape.
- Crush fractures develop when the entire bone breaks.
- Burst fractures involve damage to both the front and the back of your vertebra. Without treatment, these types of VCFs can cause spinal deformity and nerve damage.
Most often, spinal fractures occur because of age-related osteoporosis. As bones become weaker, the natural weight of your body will crush the vertebrae. If you have a weakened bone structure because of cancer or another disease, it can have a similar effect. In other cases, trauma, such as a car accident or sports injury, can lead to a spinal fracture.
Spinal Fracture Symptoms
The most common sign of a VCF is sudden back pain. Discomfort will often worsen when you stand or walk. Lying down may alleviate the pain. Often, it is localized in the lumbar region, but you could also have pain in the upper or middle part of your back. If the fracture caused nerve compression, you may experience numbness and tingling in your back or limbs as well. In some cases, you may also suffer from limited spinal mobility, and you could actually become shorter. If you have a particularly severe fracture, you may not be able to control your bladder or bowel function.
Treatments for Vertebral Compression Fractures
The right treatment for your spinal fracture will depend on its cause and location, as well as the severity of your symptoms.
- Medications: Immediately after your fracture develops, Dr. Rovner may prescribe muscle relaxants or hydrocodone. Over the long term, non-prescription anti-inflammatories can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
- Back brace: A back brace will reduce pressure on your spine. The device may give the area time to heal, and inflammation in the surrounding tissues can decrease.
- Physical therapy: Initially, you will need to rest after you develop a spinal fracture. However, once you have started to recover, Dr. Rovner may refer you to a physical therapist. This specialist can teach you exercises to strengthen your back muscles and take the pressure off your spine.
- Laparoscopic surgery: If these conservative treatments do not bring significant pain relief, Dr. Rovner may recommend minimally invasive surgery. During a vertebroplasty, he will inject a special type of cement into the compromised vertebra. Kyphoplasty is similar. The doctor will insert a special balloon into the collapsed vertebra to restore its natural height. Then he can fill the space with cement to strengthen the bone and restore lost volume.
If you have a spinal fracture, physical therapy can be a crucial part of your recovery.
The Benefits of Treatment with Dr. Rovner
Unfortunately, there is no cure for spinal fractures. However, appropriate treatment can help to minimize pain and increase range of motion. When you visit Dr. Rovner’s office, you will benefit from his skill and experience. He is internationally recognized for his ability to treat lumbar spine injuries, and he has undergone advanced training in balloon kyphoplasty. Under his capable hands, you could enjoy improved spinal health, freedom from chronic pain, and a happy, active lifestyle.
Contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery
We use the latest technology to assure your safety, comfort, and treatment efficacy. If you are suffering from the symptoms of a spinal fracture, contact our office today to find out more about pain relief.