Compression Fractures Specialist

Northwest Suburban Pain Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Arlington Heights, IL & South Barrington, IL

While a compression fracture sounds like the result of an accident or trauma, in reality, this condition most often develops gradually through bone density loss. The good news is that there’s an effective treatment for a compression fracture, which the medical experts at Northwest Suburban Pain Center offer at their Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois, locations. To learn more, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.

Compression Fractures Q & A

What is a compression fracture?

A compression fracture is most often the result of osteoporosis, and describes a condition in which the affected vertebra has lost 15-20% in height due to a fracture.

If you have osteoporosis, your bones begin to lose density and mass, including your vertebrae, making them brittle and vulnerable to fracture. In fact, a simple sneeze or misstep can cause a compression fracture.

Compression fractures typically occur in the 12 vertebrae in your thoracic spine, or mid back, although they can occur in the lumbar spine in your lower back, as well. The bone strength in your vertebrae is strongest on the backside, leaving the front side more susceptible to compression fractures. It’s for this reason that compression fractures can leave you hunching forward as your vertebra collapses inward, which is why these fractures are also called wedge fractures.

What are the symptoms of a compression fracture?

The most common signs of a compression fracture include:

  • Sudden pain
  • Increased pain with standing and moving
  • Relief from the pain when you lie down
  • Decreased mobility in your spine
  • Hunching
  • Loss of height

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your doctor makes sure you’re on the lookout for any of these signs. Unfortunately, however, many people are unaware of the condition until a bone begins to fracture.

How is a compression fracture treated?

In order to treat compression fractures, the doctors at Northwest Suburban Pain Center turn to a procedure called a kyphoplasty. This procedure allows your doctor to fix your fracture using only minimally invasive techniques. Here’s how it works:

  • The doctor accesses your vertebra from the back through a half-inch incision
  • Using a needle, your doctor inserts a balloon to expand the vertebral space
  • Once your vertebra is expanded and back in position, your doctor fills the balloon with a bone cement
  • The bone cement forms a cast on the inside of your vertebra, which provides support

Your doctor performs this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home afterward.

If you suspect you have a compression fracture, call Northwest Suburban Pain Center to get expert diagnosis and treatment. You can also schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

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