Treatment of lumbar compression fractures may vary depending upon severity of the case. In many cases a home treatment of ice, rest and possible bracing may be enough to promote healing of the fractured vertebrae. Once approved by your doctor, a strengthening and stretching program can be started to strengthen muscles supporting the back.
However, traumatic injuries that result in neurological complications usually requires surgery and possible inpatient rehabilitation. At SCCNS we perform the most minimally invasive surgeries to treat chronic pain resulting from compression fractures. Both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures that may be performed to treat compression fractures. Although both procedures involve injecting orthopaedic cement into the fracture, the primary difference is that kyphoplasty uses a balloon which is inflated to create a cavity for the orthopaedic cement.
For severe fractures, the use of instrumentation (screws, rods, etc.) and fusion may be necessary. This type of surgery is performed by joining two or more vertebrae together to stop movement in order to stabilize the spine.
Your surgeon will discuss all surgical and non-surgical options with you as we want each of our patients to be involved with their treatment. This will ensure the success of the treatment option.