Compression Fracture

Ajit Pai, M.D. -  - Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist

Pain Management Group, LLC

Ajit Pai, M.D.

Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist located in Mishawaka, IN

Severe back pain, a hunched back, or loss of height are just some of the initial warning signs of a compression fracture. As a board-certified pain management specialist, Ajit Pai, MD, FIPP, of Pain Management Group, LLC can help. Get a thorough diagnosis and start your personalized compression fracture treatment at this Mishawaka, Indiana-based medical office by requesting an appointment online. You can also call the clinic to book your visit.

Compression Fracture Q & A

What causes a compression fracture?

You have dozens of small bones along your spinal column, all stacked neatly on top of one another. These bones, known as vertebrae, have just enough space and connective tissue between them, so you can bend and move with ease.

When one of those bones weakens and collapses, though, you have a compression fracture. Usually, compression fractures occur as a side effect of osteoporosis and brittle bones. Once your bones are in a weakened state, compression fractures can occur when you:

  • Cough or sneeze
  • Bend over
  • Miss a step
  • Slip or fall

Compression fractures usually occur in the front of your vertebrae, since the back part of your bone is harder. If you have several compression fractures next to each other and the fronts of your vertebrae start collapsing, you develop a stooped posture (dowager’s hump or kyphosis).

While anyone of any age can certainly develop a compression fracture, they’re most common in women over age 50 who’ve been through menopause. Although it’s rare, occasionally compression fractures occur in healthy vertebrae because of an injury.

Are there symptoms of a compression fracture?

Yes. Aside from the visible hump that may occur (usually only in severe cases), you may experience:

  • Pain or numbness in your extremities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Back pain or discomfort

If you’ve been diagnosed with a compression fracture, or suspect you may have one, schedule an evaluation at Pain Management Group, LLC right away. Dr. Pai can help you find an effective, pain-relieving solution.

How is a compression fracture treated?

While bracing, pain medications, and modified physical therapy can all help you strengthen your back and get some relief, you might need a more permanent solution if these therapies aren’t enough. Dr. Pai is an expert in kyphoplasty procedures, an alternative to traditional compression fracture treatments.

Kyphoplasty (balloon vertebroplasty) is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a specialized balloon into your fractured vertebrae through a small incision. This balloon creates an opening in the bone, where Dr. Pai injects a cement-like mixture.

The purpose of kyphoplasty is to strengthen your broken bone and help your treated vertebra become stronger. Not only can a kyphoplasty procedure help you heal, but it can also prevent further issues to the treated bone.

Get relief from compression fracture discomfort with the help of the team at Pain Management Group, LLC. Book your evaluation online or over the phone.