Spinal compression fractures are a serious spine condition that causes sudden, severe back pain. When left untreated, the vertebral fracture may cause spinal deformities and disability. At his private practice, Irfan Lalani, MD, PA, in Sugar Land, Texas, Dr. Lalani takes an individualized approach to spinal compression fractures. He offers both non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options to alleviate pain and improve spine health and strength. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Spinal compression fractures occur when the bony portion of your vertebrae collapses, losing height and stability. These types of fractures most often occur in people with osteoporosis, a serious bone disease that makes your bones brittle and weak.
People with osteoporosis may develop a spinal compression fracture when engaging in everyday activities like bending, lifting, coughing, or sneezing.
Though less common, severe trauma from a car accident or sports injury may also cause spinal compression fractures.
Symptoms of spinal compression fractures vary. However, most people experience sudden and severe back pain from the vertebral break. The intensity of your pain may worsen during activity and improve during rest. You may also experience a decrease in spinal mobility.
When left untreated, spinal compression fractures may lead to height loss, spinal deformity, and disability.
Dr. Lalani diagnoses spinal compression fractures after a comprehensive history and physical. To confirm a diagnosis and assess the severity of your fracture, he may request imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.
Your provider may also request you undergo a bone density test, a special X-ray that measures the mineral density in your bones. This test diagnoses osteoporosis and helps Dr. Lalani determine your risk of developing additional spinal compression fractures.
Dr. Lalani develops individual treatment plans for spinal compression fractures based on the severity of your pain and your medical history. For some patients, he may recommend pain medication and bracing to limit spine movement so the fracture can heal on its own.
However, if your pain is severe, Dr. Lalani performs vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. He injects specialized bone cement into your fracture during the minimally invasive procedure, restoring vertebral height and stability.
To improve bone health and strength for patients with osteoporosis, Dr. Lalani may also prescribe medications to reduce your risk of future fractures such as Prolia®, Forteo®, or Tymlos®.
Call the office of Irfan Lalani, MD, PA, or schedule your spinal compression fracture evaluation online today.