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Spinal Fractures Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute specializes in the surgical treatment of painful spinal fractures. At their offices in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma, the skilled neurosurgical team offers several types of minimally invasive surgery, including spinal fusions and kyphoplasty, to repair fractures and relieve chronic pain. To learn more about available treatments for spinal fractures, schedule a consultation by calling the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute office nearest you today.

Spinal Fractures Q & A

What causes spinal fractures?

Spinal fractures are breaks in a bone that occur due to excess pressure. Fractures can be the result of trauma from a fall or car accident or from underlying medical conditions like osteoporosis or spinal tumors that weaken your bones.

As you age, you may be at increased risk for spinal fractures as you lose bone density and experience degenerative changes in your vertebrae.

The most common type of spinal fracture is a vertebral body compression fracture. This results when a sudden force collapses the vertebrae downward, which can cause fragments of bone to enter your spinal canal.

What are the complications of spinal fractures?

Spinal fractures can cause chronic pain and make you lose flexibility and range of motion in your spine.

Fractures may also put excess pressure on surrounding nerves within your spine, leading to persistent pain, numbness, and tingling that can radiate out into your arms and legs.

Severe pressure on your nerves can also cause changes in your bowel and bladder habits and paralysis, a condition that describes a loss of movement in your arms or legs.

How are spinal fractures treated?

If you have symptoms of a spinal fracture, your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute orders X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests to identify fractures or other causes of your pain.

To treat a mild fracture, you may need to wear a brace that restricts your movements to help your spine heal naturally.

For a more serious fracture, you may need surgery. The team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute offers several types of surgery to repair fractures and stabilize your spine, including:

Spinal fusion and instrumentation

Spinal fusion and instrumentation surgery joins two or more vertebrae together with a bone graft and metal screws or rods to form a solid piece of bone.

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the insertion of a small balloon into the area of the collapsed vertebrae. Inflating the balloon expands the vertebrae, and your neurosurgeon fills the space with a medically safe cement to stabilize it.

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is another minimally invasive procedure to stabilize your spine. Your neurosurgeon injects bone cement into the damaged vertebrae using a hollow needle. The cement hardens to support and stabilize your spine.

If you think you have a spinal fracture due to trauma or an underlying medical condition, don’t delay a consultation at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute. You can book an appointment by calling the office nearest you today.