Vertebral Compression Fractures Specialist

Comprehensive Pain Management Center

Pain Management located in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, & Santa Clarita, CA

A vertebral compression fracture may not always cause pain, but for some, it may limit mobility and be a source of long-term pain. Comprehensive Pain Management Center in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and Santa Clarita, California, offers innovative treatments for those with a vertebral compression fracture. The practice provides expert care to promote healing, ease symptoms, and restore mobility. Call the office or schedule a consultation online at the office nearest you today.

Vertebral Compression Fractures Q & A

What is a vertebral compression fracture?

A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the bony block of your vertebra, known as the vertebral body, collapses in on itself. 

You can develop a vertebral compression fracture after an acute injury. However, these types of fractures also are common in people with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a serious bone disease that causes porous bones that easily break.

If you have osteoporosis, you may develop a vertebral compression fracture when twisting your back as you get out of the car, lifting your bag from the ground, or walking down the stairs.

What are the symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture?

Symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture vary. Common symptoms include:

  • Sudden onset of back pain
  • Back pain when moving
  • Loss of height over time
  • Spinal deformity
  • Decrease in spine mobility

Some people with this type of fracture may not have symptoms at first. Over time, though, they may notice the loss of height or an abnormal curve in their spine, known as kyphosis or humpback.

What happens during a vertebral compression fracture consultation?

When you visit Comprehensive Pain Management Center for a vertebral compression fracture consultation, you can expect a patient-centered exam. 

Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, as well as how your symptoms affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They perform a physical exam and take X-rays to check for fractures and osteoporosis. 

How is a vertebral compression fracture treated?

Comprehensive Pain Management Center takes an individualized approach to care. Treatment for your vertebral compression fracture depends on the cause of your fracture, location, symptoms, and overall health.

Initially, your provider may recommend medical treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, and a calcium-rich diet. 

If you continue to have pain from your vertebral compression fracture, they may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to treat your fracture: vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.

Vertebroplasty

During vertebroplasty, your provider pushes a special bone cement into your fractured vertebra to restore height and stability.

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is similar to vertebroplasty. However, before pushing in the bone cement, your provider inflates a balloon in your vertebra to expand the bone.

Don’t let vertebral compression fracture pain keep you from doing the things you love. Call Comprehensive Pain Management Center or schedule a consultation online today.