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Know Your Options for a Spinal Compression Fracture

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When nonsurgical treatment isn’t doing the trick or you have passed the point of no return, surgery may be your only glimmer of hope, but fortunately, your odds of success are high. There are three types of surgery to treat a compression fracture which include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and spinal fusion surgery.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are a good choice because they are minimally invasive and aim to stabilize the spine with a cement-like glue. Vertebroplasty is generally done to minimize pain and stabilize the fracture, why kyphoplasty does all that, plus corrects bone deformities for those suffering from the “hunchback.”

Spinal fusion surgery is a bit more complicated and invasive. The general idea when performing this is to fuse the vertebrae together to limit motion and keep them in place until the bones can correctly grow back together. It involves metal plates, screws and rods, which would scare even the terminator away, but it gets the job done and allows your spine the chance to make a good recovery.

All in all, a spinal compression fracture is not something to twiddle your thumbs over. Even the slightest chronic back pain can really be screaming for help. It's important to understand the pain you are dealing with and how much you are or should be willing to tolerate.

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