Bed rest and medication may ease pain, but they don’t repair your spinal fracture. If you have been diagnosed with a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis, cancer, or benign tumours, there are innovative treatment options you may want to consider.
Traditional treatment for back pain and/or spinal fractures might include several days of bed rest, pain medication, and, infrequently, back bracing. Conservative treatment may reduce pain, but it does not repair or “set” the broken bone.
When a patient has a broken bone, the goals of treatment include fixing the fracture and returning the bone to its correct anatomical position.
Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair fractured vertebrae in the spine, as well as reduce painful symptoms. The procedure is called balloon kyphoplasty because orthopaedic balloons are used to lift the fractured bone in an attempt to return it to the correct anatomical position.
Traditionally, a surgical procedure called a spinal fusion has been used to treat degenerative conditions in the spine. Using bone grafts and instrumentation such as metal plates and screws, this procedure fuses, or creates a bond between, two or more adjacent vertebrae. This aims to stabilise the spine and provide pain relief.
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