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Disc herniatedCompression fractures are a special type of fracture that typically occurs in osteoporotic bone. As we age, the bones of our body can become less dense and put them at risk of fracture. The bones of the upper lumbar and lower thoracic area are at particular risk, as this is the point where the rigid rib cage attaches to the mobile lumbar spine. Heavy lifting or a fall can cause one of the bones to break and compress, causing a compression fracture. Patients will feel a sudden onset of severe pain in the back that may wrap around the sides of there body. A simple x ray is all that is needed to diagnose it.

These fractures are unique because this diseased bone doesn’t heal well. These fractures are prone to progress further into a wedge, causing a forward stooping seen in many elderly patients. They also cause continued pain and possibly retro pulse, which means it can herniate backwards putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Thankfully there is a minimally invasive treatment call a kyphoplasty, which can fix the problem. The earlier the patient gets treatment the better. Your chances of re establishing proper vertebral height and preventing progression are greatest early in the injury process. Patients only need light sedation and are left with only a poke hole on the skin. This technique has revolutionized compression fracture treatment and has helps thousands of patients. Please see our detailed explanation of kyphoplasty under the treatment section.

Disc herniatedCompression fractures are a special type of fracture that typically occurs in osteoporotic bone. As we age, the bones of our body can become less dense and put them at risk of fracture. The bones of the upper lumbar and lower thoracic area are at particular risk, as this is the point where the rigid rib cage attaches to the mobile lumbar spine. Heavy lifting or a fall can cause one of the bones to break and compress, causing a compression fracture. Patients will feel a sudden onset of severe pain in the back that may wrap around the sides of there body. A simple x ray is all that is needed to diagnose it.

These fractures are unique because this diseased bone doesn’t heal well. These fractures are prone to progress further into a wedge, causing a forward stooping seen in many elderly patients. They also cause continued pain and possibly retro pulse, which means it can herniate backwards putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Thankfully there is a minimally invasive treatment call a kyphoplasty, which can fix the problem. The earlier the patient gets treatment the better. Your chances of re establishing proper vertebral height and preventing progression are greatest early in the injury process. Patients only need light sedation and are left with only a poke hole on the skin. This technique has revolutionized compression fracture treatment and has helps thousands of patients. Please see our detailed explanation of kyphoplasty under the treatment section.