If back pain is severe or persistent, a vertebral compression fracture–or a break in your spinal bone–could be the culprit. At Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group in Napa, California, pain management specialist Jacqueline Weisbein, DO and her experienced team use various nonsurgical and surgical treatments to offer you relief. Schedule an appointment with Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group by phone or online today to learn more about pain relief options.
A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) occurs when a vertebral body in your spine collapses, often causing severe pain, loss of height, and spinal deformity. Vertebral compression fractures usually occur in the middle or lower portion of your back. Seeking treatment at Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group can offer you effective pain relief.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have a vertebral compression fracture:
The back pain you experience with VCF commonly occurs near the break. You may notice sudden back pain near your waistline or slightly above or below it. The pain might become worse when you move around or change positions.
Vertebral compression fractures can occur if you have severe osteoporosis or weak bones. If you have this condition, even simple activities like getting out of the shower, sneezing, or lifting objects can cause a vertebral fracture.
If you’ve had a VCF in the past, your risk of another one increases significantly. You may also develop a VCF from trauma, such as a sports injury, falling, or a car accident.
To diagnose a vertebral compression fracture or other causes of back pain, Dr. Weisbein reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and completes a physical exam. She and her team may test the spinal nerve root function with neurologic exams and tests. Additionally, they might use X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or bone scans. Bone density testing helps determine if you have osteoporosis.
Dr. Weisein may recommend one of the following treatments for vertebral compression fracture, depending on the type and severity of your injury:
Sometimes a fracture subsides on its own with proper rest, ice, and wearing a brace to restrict spinal mobility.
During kyphoplasty, Dr. Weisbein inserts a needle into a fractured vertebra using X-ray guidance. She adds a balloon-like device into the fractured area to restore the shape and height of your vertebral body. Removing the device leaves a cavity filled with special bone cement.
Vertebroplasty is like kyphoplasty as Dr. Weisbein injects bone cement material into a narrowed vertebrae to repair your injury, except she doesn’t use a balloon-like device.
Don’t live with VCF pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group by phone or by using the online booking feature to learn more about your treatment options.