In recent years a disease called Osteoporosis has created a terror among patients suffering from bone related disorders. People affected by this disease experience bone weakness that increases the risk of fracture on spine, wrist, hip. Around 54 million Americans are suffering from Osteoporosis and osteopenia. If Osteoporosis remain unnoticed or untreated, it silently progresses without causing any pain and finally breaks a bone.
Apart from causing hip and wrist fractures, a case of severe osteoporosis can cause compression fractures in the spine. It happens when the bony block or vertebral body, in the spine suddenly collapses. A patient who is suffering from this disorder, experiences severe pain, loss of weight and deformity. In serious cases, it may cause nerve compression.
Until recent years, doctors did not have better options to treat the osteoporosis-related spine fractures other than giving pain medications, bed rest or invasive spinal surgery. The advancements in the field of spinal surgery have invented two more therapeutic and preventive treatments called vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
Originally developed in France in 1986, Vertebroplasty is further refined in the US since 1991. This minimally invasive procedure is developed to relieve the patients from the pain of compression fractures. Along with relieving pain, the weakened vertebral bodies can be strengthened in the process that helps to prevent future health concerns.
This treatment is comparatively newer for patients who are unable to move due to the painful vertebral body compression fractures that are associated with osteoporosis. Just like vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is also a minimally invasive procedure that is able to reduce up to 90% of the pain caused by compression fractures. Apart from relieving pain, this treatment process can stabilize the fracture and reduce deformity.
If you are suffering from any of the said problems, you should immediately look for Neurosurgery Consultation to discuss your problems without further delay.