The spine is constructed of vertebral segments connected by joints. Everyday movements can put the spine under stress, leaving our bones weaker with age. These conditions can increase the risk of developing small cracks in the vertebrae, or vertebral compression factors.
Some of the most common causes of compression fractures treated by kyphoplasty include:
- Traumatic injuries, such as a fall or automobile accident
- Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes the bones to become porous
- Weakening of the vertebrae due to cancer
Prior to kyphoplasty, a medical professional will generally recommend the patient first try conservative therapy options, such as physical therapy. Oftentimes, a combination of physical therapy, medication, and small lifestyle changes can offer relief. However, if the pain becomes chronic, procedures including kyphoplasty may be recommended.
If you are struggling with joint pain, reach out to our team at BEST Health System and begin your path to feeling your best. Our highly-skilled specialists will ensure that you will receive the best guidance when making these difficult decisions.