Pain Relief for Spinal Compression Fractures

Kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation) is an outpatient procedure used to treat spinal compression fractures. These fractures, also known as vertebral compression fractures (VCF), are typically caused by the natural effects of aging and osteoporosis.

When a VCF causes the vertebrae to collapse, it can develop an abnormal forward curve, resulting in a loss in height, poor posture, and severe back pain. Treatment to fix vertebral compression fractures soon after they happen is essential to restoring vertebral body height and size and avoiding risks of serious complications or additional fractures.

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Minimally Invasive Treatment

Often, vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) cause sharp back pain and may lead to chronic pain, kyphosis or dowager’s hump, loss of height, and declining health. Since one fracture can lead to another, VCFs must be diagnosed and treated early. 

Kyphoplasty involves inserting a balloon to create a cavity in the damaged bone, then injecting a special cement to prop up the bone.

When to Seek Medical Help

Contact your physician if you’re exhibiting any of these symptoms or if you are part of a risk group listed below:


  • Acute back pain
  • Subacute back pain
  • Intense midline pain
  • Referred or band-like radiating pain (not to the legs)
  • Unresponsive to medical therapy

Risk Groups:

  • Elderly
  • Osteoporosis
  • History of osteoporotic fracture(s)
  • Female
  • Low weight
  • Steroid use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoker
  • Calcium/vitamin D deficiency
  • Cancer

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