Spinal fracture is one of the most common causes of chronic back pain. Statistically, spinal fractures are twice as common as hip fractures and even three times more common than breast cancer. Spinal fractures can be caused by low bone mineral density, osteoporosis and sometimes cancer.
There is now a new treatment for spinal fractures called Kyphoplasty. Rather than temporarily mitigating the pain associated with spinal fractures, Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that fills the fractured vertebrae with a bone cast and restores the shape of the vertebrae.
Kyphoplasty is performed by making a small incision through the back and guiding a hollow tube right into the fractured vertebrae. A balloon is inserted though the hollow tube that is inflated and filled with a bone cast material. The material hardens and the vertebrae is restored to a more normal position. For more information on Kyphoplasty, go to www.franklinpaincenter.com.