Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures may be the result of trauma from:

  • Car accident
  • Sports injury
  • Fall
  • Violent injury, such as a gunshot wound

Other times spinal fractures are caused from bone insufficiency, either by osteoporosis (see below) or by cancers such as bone metastasis (cancer that has spread from another part of the body into the bone) and multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells which live in the bone marrow).

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Osteoporosis Compression Fractures

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density and strength, in which the bones become very weak and more likely to break. Fractures from osteoporosis are most common in the spine and are sometimes a patient’s first indication that they have osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis compression fractures cause pain in the area, often made worse by changing positions, coughing or sneezing, and made better by lying down. However, bed rest and immobility are often unresponsive to pain medication, bracing, and supportive care. In addition to the disabling pain, bed rest will eventually lead to potential life-threatening complications including pneumonia, sepsis, and skin ulcers and infections.

How are Compression Fractures of the Spine Treated at RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center?

At RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center, patients have access to early treatment and diagnosis through our specialized musculoskeletal urgent care. This part of our facility provides a one-stop destination for early diagnostic X-ray, MRI or CT.

Pain sparing procedures that provide immediate spinal stability through injection of bone cement (Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty) into fractured vertebrae can allow patients early mobilization and return to home. Often the procedures can be performed the same day or within a 24-hour period in our minimally invasive surgical facility, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and complications.

Safe and accurate percutaneous injection of fast-drying bone cement can lead to immediate pain relief and faster return of function. This can be done safely by a trained specialist in a surgery center environment.

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Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors grow in your spinal canal or inside the bones of your spine. They may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). If you suspect a spinal tumor, you would benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and workup. Most malignant tumors of the spine have spread from another area of the body (metastatic). Tumors that begin in the spine are very rare and tend to occur in younger adults. Most commonly they are benign and slow growing.

For patients with cancer elsewhere in the body, any new complaint of spine pain or nerve involvement requires an immediate evaluation to determine if the cancer has spread to the spine.

Treatment of Spinal Tumors
Because most of these tumors arise from advanced cancer in another organ, the goal of treatment is usually to:

  • Control the severe pain
  • Remove pressure on nerves or spinal cord
  • Prevent collapse of the spine by stabilizing with a spinal fusion

If you have a cancerous tumor or cancer that has spread to your spine, Dr. Bederman will work side-by-side with you and your oncologist to determine the best course of action for a favorable outcome.

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