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Balloon kyphoplasty procedures for treating spinal compression fractures can reduce pain and reliance on painkillers, according to researchers from the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to treat kyphosis, the rounding of the back that develops when vertebrae weaken, fracture and collapse. Advanced Radiology uses kyphoplasty to treat fractures and relieve the pain caused by kyphosis.
Back injuries are common in sports. Take German Grand Prix driver Pascal Wehrlein, who suffered a fractured vertebra during a crash in Monaco this May. Slipped disks, strains and sprains can leave players on the bench, but another common back injury for athletes is spinal compression fractures.
What Are Spinal Compression Fractures?
Compression fractures are fractures that occur when there is a compression force on the vertebrae of the back. When a compression fracture occurs, the affected vertebrae collapse due to the force exerted on them. In most compression fractures, the front part of the bone collapses, leaving the vertebrae a wedge shape.
If you have a spinal compression fracture, chances are you are pretty uncomfortable. These fractures are extremely painful, and if left untreated, can severely affect your quality of life. Dr. Budler treats patients with spinal compression fractures who have lived with the pain in hopes that the fracture would heal on its own.