A diagnosis of osteoporosis is usually determined after a bone fracture occurs. However, what many people do not know is that ongoing back pain can also be a sign of osteoporosis; an even fewer number of people will consider that their back pain may be a result of a fractured vertebrae.
Even less know about Balloon Kyphoplasty – a cutting-edge procedure that restores fracture vertebrae and gets you quickly back to your active lifestyle.
How do I know if my Back Pain is Due to a Bone Fracture?
You will need to speak with your physician in order to begin the process to determine if your back pain is the result of an osteoporosis induced bone fracture. However, there are some important symptoms to be aware of:
- Unresolved back pain that becomes chronic pain over time
- A hunched-forward posture
- Reduced height
It is also important to be aware that a bone fracture may cause no symptoms at all, making it important to visit your doctor regularly for checkups. Additionally, women have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis.
How does Balloon Kyphoplasty relieve Osteoporosis Back Pain?
Guided with the aid of X-ray, a needle is inserted into the fracture bone. The needle is hollow, and through it a balloon is placed and then inflated in the bone to create space for bone cement, which is injected as fill. Imaging helps your doctor confirm that the cement has properly filled the space. The Needle is then removed, and the area is bandaged.
The Kyphoplasty procedure is impressively minimally invasive, and most patients can return home the same day as the procedure. On average, complete healing takes about 3 months, after only 6 weeks of physical therapy.
Balloon Kyphoplasty in Naples, Florida
If you are experiencing back pain and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, we invite you to call the surgeons of Neuroscience & Spine Associates. We offer minimally-invasive options in a professional environment performed by committed and caring surgeons who can help you reduce your back pain and get you back to living your life.