If you develop sudden pain in the middle part of your back, there’s a good chance you have a vertebral compression fracture. Double board-certified pain specialist Daniel Loder, MD, and his team specialize in advanced treatments for back pain, including kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that repairs a compression fracture, restoring spinal strength and alleviating pain. If you have questions about kyphoplasty or you need relief from back pain, call one of the Los Angeles area offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, or Manhattan Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
Kyphoplasty, also called vertebral augmentation, is a minimally invasive procedure that treats vertebral compression fractures.
During a kyphoplasty procedure, your provider at the office of Daniel Loder, MD, injects bone cement into the damaged vertebra, which restores the bone and relieves your pain.
Compression fractures occur when one or more vertebrae collapse because they’re too weak to support the normal stress placed on your spine.
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of vertebral compression fractures. However, the problem could also develop due to a spinal tumor, infection, or a traumatic injury to your spine.
During your lifetime, your bones stay strong and healthy by continuously eliminating damaged or old bone and replacing it with new bone. When you lose more bone than is replaced, osteoporosis develops. As a result, your bones lose mass and become brittle and weak.
Osteoporosis weakens the vertebrae so dramatically that it takes little pressure to cause a compression fracture. A forceful cough or lifting a light object is enough to trigger a vertebral collapse.
Any of the following symptoms may signal a vertebral compression fracture that the Daniel Loder, MD, team can treat with kyphoplasty:
During a compression fracture, the front of the affected vertebra collapses, while the back side stays the same, giving the bone a shape resembling a wedge.
When several adjacent vertebrae collapse, their abnormal shape causes a rounded hump in your upper back, a condition called kyphosis.
Even if you’re tempted to ignore the pain in the hope it will improve, don’t put off scheduling an appointment with the Daniel Loder, MD, team.
Early treatment is essential if you want to consider restoring the vertebra with kyphoplasty. If the bone heals while in a collapsed state, you can’t have a kyphoplasty procedure.
Your provider uses real-time imaging to guide a hollow needle into the fractured vertebra. Then they insert a balloon and inflate it, restoring the normal shape and height of the compressed bone.
For the next step, your provider removes the balloon and injects bone cement into the newly created space. It doesn’t take long for the cement to dry, ensuring the vertebra maintains its shape and strengthening the bone.
You go home the same day, but you should relax for 24 hours and avoid strenuous activities for about six weeks. This gives the bone time to fully heal. After it heals, your spine regains stability and your pain is relieved.
If you develop back pain from a fracture and want to explore kyphoplasty, call Daniel Loder, MD, or schedule an appointment online.