Degenerative conditions of the vertebrae and discs can be similar to those of compression fractures

If your back pain began due to a car accident, a fall or a similar circumstance, it is particularly important for you to see your physician afterward to determine the exact source of your pain before it worsens.

While the typical symptoms (pain, tingling/numbness, loss of mobility) of a herniated disc, for example, are easy to identify, it is possible that the pressure on your nerve root or spinal cord comes not from fluid leaking from a disc, but from a piece of one of your vertebrae.

Compression fractures of the vertebrae can, at times, mimic the symptoms of a herniated disc, foraminal stenosis or facet disease, but are usually more severe and can result from a traumatic injury. Therefore, it is essential that a herniated disc diagnosis be eliminated before beginning treatment for a less serious back ailment.


Once your physician has determined that a compression fracture of the vertebrae is not causing your pain, you may begin a conservative treatment routine that involves physical therapy, rest, pain medication or other treatments.

Some patients, however, do not respond sufficiently to this less aggressive treatment and may need back surgery to treat their spine conditions.

Outpatient procedures

If your spine condition has not improved after weeks or months of conservative treatment, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is used to treat many common spine conditions without the added risks and lengthy recovery^ associated with traditional open back surgery.

In fact, our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice for treatment over traditional open back surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today to receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.