If compression fractures in your spine prevent you from working or enjoying a high quality of life, the pain management experts at Florida Medical Pain Management can help. At their offices in St. Petersburg, Spring Hill, and New Port Richey, Florida, the board-certified physicians offer outpatient kyphoplasty procedures to repair the fractures and restore the stability of your spine. If you’re hunching over due to pain and need relief, schedule a consultation for kyphoplasty by calling the Florida Medical Pain Management office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.
Kyphoplasty Q & A
Why would I need kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is an effective way to treat compression fractures that develop in your spine. These fractures are often the result of traumatic injuries or degenerative changes in your spine that cause your vertebrae to collapse.
For many, osteoporosis is the root cause of compression fractures. This disease causes you to lose bone density, and as your bones become more fragile and brittle, even small movements can lead to fractures in your vertebrae and the collapse of part of your spine.
This collapse can compress nearby nerves, causing pain and limiting your mobility. Compression fractures can also cause you to lose height and result in the need to hunch your back over when moving to relieve pain.
What happens during kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive technique that the Florida Medical Pain Management team offers on an outpatient basis.
During kyphoplasty, your Florida Medical Pain Management specialist inserts a balloon into the fractured vertebra. They use a special X-ray to help them guide the balloon into place. They then inflate the balloon, which pushes against the vertebra.
The balloon helps to reposition your vertebra and restore it to its original height. By improving the structure of the fractured vertebra, it also relieves the pressure on surrounding nerves that is causing your pain.
Once in place, your provider deflates and removes the balloon. To stabilize your spine, they fill the space with a medically safe material that quickly hardens.
How long does it take to recover?
Immediately after your kyphoplasty, you should experience instant relief from pain. The pain relief continues to improve over time as you recover at home.
Your Florida Medical Pain Management provider can recommend the right time to return to your usual routine. In many cases, you should limit activities for several days to allow your body to heal properly before you resume light activities.
You’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks or more to prevent additional fractures or other complications.
If you have chronic pain from a compression fracture, schedule a consultation for kyphoplasty by calling the Florida Medical Pain Management office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.