The back can be injured in many ways, including muscle strains, sports injuries, arthritis or degenerative disc disease. Symptoms can sometimes be relieved with pain medication or physical therapy. Sometimes more serious injuries require surgery.
Osteoporosis, tumors and injuries can cause spine fractures. If left untreated, spine fractures can cause the spine to shorten and lean forward, resulting in a hunched back and making it difficult to walk. If you have been diagnosed with a spine fracture by your primary physician, then you could be a candidate for kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that can offer immediate pain relief for some patients.
What is kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty stabilizes the fracture and restores the lost body height caused by the fracture. During surgery, the surgeon places a narrow tube through a small incision in the back. A balloon is inserted through the tube and into the vertebrae, where it is inflated to elevate the fracture. The cavity created by the balloon is then filled with a cement-like material that hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
Hospital stays are usually one day or less. Pain relief is immediate for some patients, while others get relief within two days. Patients can return almost immediately to their normal daily activities without the need for physical therapy or bracing.
Theodore Davies, MD, and I offer a full range of brain and spine procedures, including lumbar, thoracic and cervical fusions and laminectomy at Paducah Neurosurgical Center. Your primary care physician can make a referral if you need one of these procedures after a diagnosis.
If you have any health question, talk to a nurse 24/7 at Baptist Health Line: 270.575.2918.
- Neurosurgeon Thomas Gruber, MD