There is a type of spinal problem that is relatively misunderstood and most people don’t realize exactly how often it occurs. It doesn’t involve a herniated disc, nor does it often involve misusing the spine in some way or another. In fact, some of the most common reasons why this type of issue occurs is because of old age and some the problems that are associated with it. I’m talking about a compression fracture and when you have this type of issue, a kyphoplasty surgery may be necessary.
The most common reason why a compression fracture occurs is because of osteoporosis. As we get older, the bones begin to break down faster than they can rebuild and they become weak with almost a honeycomb effect making them even weaker. Some people with osteoporosis can break a bone very easily and it really only takes a matter of sneezing or moving in the wrong direction and the break can occur. Compression fractures in the spine often occur for this very reason and it may occur more often than you realize.
Did you realize that there are over 200,000 people in the United States who suffer from a compression fracture every year? Even though this is a relatively serious issue that can lead to a lot of pain, it is one that happens on a regular basis. Some people have this type of compression fracture and don’t even realize it. The most common symptoms include the back pain that would be obvious from this type of problem, a loss of height and if you have a posture as if you are hunched forward. It can be treated in any number of different ways, including receiving medication to help limit the pain that you are experiencing.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure that is known as kyphoplasty. This type of surgery is done in a minimally invasive way, so any issues that would be associated with it are kept to a minimum. This would include the possibility of excessive bleeding, a risk of infection and even how long it would take you to recuperate from the surgery itself. This can be a real benefit for individuals who may be dealing with the effects of old age because it can take them some time to bounce back from such a procedure.
During the kyphoplasty procedure, the spinal compression fracture is able to be treated properly. The doctor is going to insert a small tube into the area and a balloon is going to be put into the area where the compression fracture occurred and blown up to help move the vertebrae into the proper position. Once the cavity is open inside of the vertebrae, bone cement can be inserted and it hardens quickly. This allows the individual to overcome the problem and to move on with their life as soon as possible.