Ruling out a vertebral compression fracture as the source of pain
If you are experiencing back pain after a car accident, a fall or other traumatic injury, it is particularly important for you to see a doctor to determine the exact source of your pain before it worsens.
Symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness and loss of mobility can have a number of causes, ranging from a simple muscle strain to spine conditions such as a herniated disc. Another possibility is a compression fracture of one of the vertebrae, which can often mimic the symptoms of other spine problems. Receiving the correct diagnosis is critical so the underlying condition can be treated effectively. This is especially true with a vertebral compression fracture, which often requires special care to heal properly.
Treatment options for issues affecting the vertebrae
After a thorough physical evaluation, review of medical history, discussion of symptoms and the taking of diagnostic imagery like an X-ray or MRI, your doctor can make a diagnosis. A compression fracture of one of the vertebrae typically requires specialized treatment, including the possibility of a procedure such as vertebroplasty to strengthen the fractured vertebra. Incorrectly treating a compression fracture can lead to long-term issues if it does not heal correctly, which is why it is so important to rule one out in cases of pain after traumatic injury.
If your physician has determined that a compression fracture of the vertebrae is not causing your pain and the cause is a spine condition, such as a herniated disc, a conservative treatment routine that involves physical therapy, rest, pain medication or other treatments is often recommended. For these types of conditions spine surgery can become a serious consideration only if weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment have not brought the relief necessary for a good quality of life.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
For patients who have ruled out a compression fracture but are dealing with a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spurs or similar condition that has not improved after exhausting conservative treatment, Laser Spine Institute wants to help. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is used to treat many common spine conditions with less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery.