What Causes Compression Fractures of the Spine?
When bones are brittle, everyday activities can trigger minor spinal compression fractures. When you bend to lift an object, miss a step, or slip on a carpet, you can put your spinal bones at risk of fracture. Even coughing or sneezing can cause compression fractures in more severe cases of osteoporosis. After a number of small compression fractures, your body begins to show the effects. The small hairline fractures can eventually cause a vertebra to collapse — called spinal compression fracture. These tiny fractures can permanently alter the strength and shape of the spine. You lose height because your spine is shorter. Most compression fractures occur in the front of the vertebra, which causes the front part of the bone to collapse creating a wedge-shaped vertebra. The back of the bone is unchanged because it’s made of harder bone. This creates the stooped posture called kyphosis, or dowager’s hump. If you’re nearing age 60 and have back pain, don’t assume it’s a normal part of getting older. You could be affected by a spinal compression fracture. Back aches and pains can be a sign that small fractures are occurring in your vertebrae – the bones that form your spine. Soft, weakened bones are at the heart of this problem. Compression fractures are often caused by bone-thinning osteoporosis, especially if you are a postmenopausal woman over age 50.
Can you Fix a Compression Fracture of the Spine?
Here at Nuvo Spine, Dr. Vahedifar takes a non-invasive approach towards the healing process of spinal fractures. He offers various treatment options, such as back bracing, physical therapy, medication, nutrional supplements. If consevative treatments fail, he offers 2 different non-invasive procedures called a Kyphoplasty or a Vertebroplasty.This minimally-invasive procedure treats spine fractures caused by osteoporosis. It is designed to provide rapid back pain relief and help straighten the spine. If you or your loved one is suffering from a compression fracture, don’t hesitate to Contact us and make an appointment.