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Compression Fractures of the Spinein Phoenix, AZ

Treatment options

Treatment options may include:

  • Braces
  • Bone cement injections
  • Normal activities (e.g. walking)
  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Sudden, sharp pain
  • Slow developing pain
  • Mild pain
  • Severe pain
  • Dull pain
  • Pain worsens when standing, walking, bending, or sitting for long periods of time.
  • People may become shorter.
  • The back becomes rounded (Kyphosis).

Types of Compression Fractures of the Spine

Wedge fracture – Most common compression fracture

  • Front of vertebra collapses while the back of it remains intact, creating your weight shape
  • Can lead to a spinal deformity (hunchback)

Crush fracture

  • Fracture throughout the entire vertebra
  • Bone collapses on itself
  • Mechanically stable

Burst fracture

  • Breaks in several directions
  • Sends bone fragments into surrounding areas of spine
  • Most serious (unstable)
  • Requires immediate medical attention

Causes

Causes & contributing factors may include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Metastatic disease
  • Cancer

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Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.