WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU USE VERTEBROPLASTY FOR?
Answer: Back pain. Specifically, back pain associated with compression fractures.
WHAT IS A COMPRESSION FRACTURE?
A compression fraction specifically associated with back pain indicates a collapse of a vertebra in the spinal column.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A COMPRESSION FRACTURE?
In a word…PAIN! The pain can come on suddenly or can arise gradually over time. The pain is usually more severe upon standing or walking.
HOW DOES A COMPRESSION FRACTURE OCCUR
The actual problem can take years to develop. It is only when the patient experiences pain when the problem is recognized. Usually the pain is noticed with a simple back strain that can happen during normal activity as simple as bending over to pick something up, pick up the trash, slipping on something, lifting something that normally is easy to do (like groceries or luggage).
OK? SO HOW DOES VERTEBROPLASTY HELP?
First and foremost, vertebroplasty helps relieve the pain. By stabilizing the collapsed vertebra, vertebroplasty can help reduce the pain and help the patient get back to performing normal routines that were painful.