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Spinal Compression Fractures

Our specialized team will combat your pain due to spinal compression fractures with a plan of approach that fulfills your individual needs. While we promote noninvasive treatments for the injury, severe cases may require surgery.

An injury that is often a result of osteoporosis, spinal compression fractures occur when the vertebrae that make up your spine collapse. This is a common fracture for patients with osteoporosis, but can also occur from forceful movements such as lifting heavy objects. Spinal compression fractures are normally treatable through physical therapy and medications, though surgery is an option for more intense cases.

At the New York Spine Institute, we have several offices in greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. To see one of our spine specialists, please schedule a consultation with us today.

WHY CHOOSE NEW YORK SPINE INSTITUTE

Quality Care

At New York Spine Institute, we give you the promise of quality care from certified specialists. If you are experiencing back, neck, or spinal problems and want them taken care of, contact us today.*

Industry Leaders

Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS is the medical doctor of New York Spine Institute. A trusted name in the medical field, and is an internationally trusted expert in spinal injuries and treatment. He works with our team to eliminate any back, neck, or spinal problems that you may be facing.

Multiple Languages

We want to accommodate our service to you, and we have a team that is skilled in numerous languages to make interactions seamless. Our staff can assist you in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

Understanding the Causes Of Spinal Compression Fractures

Spinal compression fractures are commonly found in patients with osteoporosis. As well, post-menopausal women can be more likely to develop this injury. While more prevalent in women than men, spinal compression fractures are a serious injury that can impact the functionality of any patient suffering from it. If left untreated, heightened discomfort and complications may occur.

Symptoms include:

  • Sudden back pain
  • Increased pain when standing or walking
  • A feeling of relief once lying on your back
  • Limited mobility
  • Developing height loss
  • Spinal deformities

Diagnosing Your Spinal Compression Fracture

Often, diagnosis can be made through physical testing and by checking the patient’s health history. X Rays and other machine aided diagnostics can help confirm diagnosis and generate a treatment plan best suited for each individual patient.

Testing for spinal compression fractures includes:

  • Physical examination
  • X Rays
  • CT/CAT scan
  • MRI

Treatment Options For Spinal Compression Fractures

The majority of spinal compression fractures can be treated with noninvasive measures. While full healing can take up to three months, back pain typically decreases exponentially within a matter of days. The surgical treatment for spinal compression fractures is vertebroplasty, which involves injecting acrylic bone cement into the injured vertebrae. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay.

Treatments include:

  • Usage of a back brace
  • Physical therapy
  • Icing the injured area
  • Prescription medications
  • Surgical procedures

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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