Spinal Compression Fracture Treatment
Spinal compression fractures occur most often in the thoracic (middle) or lumbar (lower) spine as a result of osteoarthritis or other degenerative conditions. As arthritis wears away the bone and cartilage of the spinal vertebrae, this weakens the bone and allows fractures to develop over time from the typical wear and tear of everyday living. These spinal conditions often occur in the vertebral body, which is the front portion of the spine that provides the most support.
When this happens, the vertebrae partially collapses, forming a wedge shape and compressing the spine. Minor spinal compression fractures may present no symptoms at all. When more serious fractures begin to cause symptoms, they can include:
- Pain in the back, arms and/or legs
- Numbness and/or weakness in the arms or legs
- Inflammation along the spine
- Loss of height over time as more fractures occur
When you suffer from compressional fractures, Dr. Sina Rajamand offers minimally-invasive neurosurgical spinal compression fracture treatment at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.
Specialist Neurosurgical Spine Treatments in Reno, Carson City
Dr. Rajamand will perform a thorough examination that can include x-ray imaging, MRI or CT scans or a nuclear bone scan to pinpoint the locations of any spinal compression fractures. If your spine shows instability due to these fractures, surgery may be required. Depending on your particular condition and health history, Dr. Rajamand may recommend fusion or stabilization surgery.
These procedures are often followed by a period of physical therapy and exercise to help you regain strength and range of motion in your back. Pain injections and other therapies may also be recommended to help you remain as comfortable as possible during the healing process. Dr. Rajamand specializes in minimally-invasive surgery techniques to reduce risks and speed your recovery.
He will explain more about the surgery options possible and your projected recovery during your exam and consultation. Be sure to ask any questions during this meeting so you gain all the information necessary about any recommended treatments. Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, NV, today to schedule an exam and consultation if you have or suspect you have spinal compression fractures.