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Who Needs Kyphoplasty?

Anyone who has suffered compression fractures in their vertebrae should look into kyphoplasty, which is a special type of spine surgery performed by First Coast Pain in St. Augustine, FL. The procedure involves inserting a surgical balloon into a tube to inflate the collapsed area and then filling that area with bone cement, which keeps the vertebra in place. But what causes these compression fractures in the first place? And are you a possible candidate for kyphoplasty?

A spinal compression fracture results from the occurrence of small hairline fractures in your spine, which can cause the vertebra to collapse. This break in your vertebrae causes bone fragments to rub against each other, which can be extremely painful. These fractures typically occur in the middle of the back (thoracic region of the spine), but it’s possible that they could also occur in the lower back (lumbar region).

The individuals who are at the greatest risk of suffering from compression fractures are older adults with osteoporosis, as well as people with cancer that has spread to their bones. If you think you might be a candidate for kyphoplasty, reach out to First Coast Pain today. We will be happy to discuss treatment options with you.