Spinal Compression Fractures

Spinal compression fractures, or vertebral fractures, happen when a bone in the spine collapses. Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease, is a common cause of compression fractures in the thoracic (middle) or lumbar (lower) spine. Certain cancers can also weaken bones, making them prone to hairline fractures or full-fledged vertebral collapse. In other cases, fractures are the result of a traumatic injury, such as a car accident.

Pain, which can become quite severe, is the most notable symptom of a spinal compression fracture. Without treatment, fractures of this nature can cause loss of height or a humped back.

To understand the severity of your condition, your doctor will likely conduct a series of imaging tests that may include a CT scan, MRI or X-rays. Depending on your results, you may be able to successfully manage symptoms with nonoperative treatments such as medication, physical therapy or back bracing to stabilize the spine.

If these methods are unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damaged vertebrae and surrounding tissue. The most common surgical treatments include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and spinal fusion.

For more information about our neurosurgery services or to schedule an appointment at one of our South Jersey facilities, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Why Choose Inspira?

Exceptional Care Close to Home

With a team of trusted neurosurgeons operating in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside of your community to receive cutting-edge care. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses bring a wide range of diverse expertise to the operating room, ensuring you get comprehensive neurosurgery services right in your neighborhood.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Inspira’s minimally invasive surgical experts specialize in treating spinal, brain and nerve conditions with skilled precision. Our state-of-the-art surgical facilities are equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows our neurosurgeons to use minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and scarring, improve surgical outcomes and speed up recovery time.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment

Thanks to Inspira’s integrated provider network, our neurosurgical team is poised to provide personalized, coordinated care. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, your surgeon will have access to other specialists—from intensivists and hospitalists, to endocrinologists and physical therapists—that will work closely together to diagnose and treat your condition.