Do you suffer from continuous back pain? Do you experience tingling sensation in your back? You might be showing symptoms of spinal fractures! Spinal fractures can be treated by bed rest and exercises. When the spinal pain doesn’t reduce from bed rest, exercises or medication you should go for kyphoplasty. What is kyphoplasty? Read on…
The bones in the spine that form the vertebral column give shape to the body. They carry important functions. Fractures in the spine can be treated with the help of kyphoplasty.
When do fractures in the vertebra happen?
Fractures in the vertebra can happen because of various conditions like osteoporosis, tumors etc. Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease wherein the bones become weak and brittle leading to increased chance of bone fractures.
To treat the fractures in the vertebra, one can go for kyphoplasty.
What is kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a procedure that is carried out to restore a damaged vertebra’s height and to cure pain caused by spinal fracture.
In kyphoplasty, the doctor will place a needle through the skin into the spine bone. The doctor will use X-ray images to move the needle to the exact place in the lower back. Then a balloon is placed through the needle into the bone. Then the balloon is inflated. This will restore the height of the vertebrae. Finally cement is injected into the space to make sure it does not collapse again.
When will the doctor suggest you a kyphoplasty?
The doctor will suggest a kyphoplasty when the patient is suffering from severe pain from 2 months or more. If this pain is not getting cured by bed rest, pain medicines or physical therapy, then kyphoplasty is the best option to treat spinal fractures.
Points to remember
The patient should take bed rest for 24 hours after the procedure, he can however use bathroom. He should not lift heavy things and he should not perform any activities that will put pressure on his spine for at least 6 weeks.
What are the benefits of kyphoplasty?
- Reduces back pain
- Restores vertebral body height
- Improves mobility
- Improves quality of life
What happens when you don’t treat fractures in vertebra?
The fractures in the vertebra can lead to the following conditions:
- Chronic pain and disability
- Stooped posture
- Collapsed lungs
- Compression of abdominal organs
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Muscle weakness
- Bowel obstruction
What are the symptoms of spinal fractures?
The symptoms of spinal fractures are as follows:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Tingling sensation
- Muscle spasm
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of spinal fracture, consult a pain specialist online to know more about Kyphoplasty.
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