Conservative therapy for vertebral commpression fractures includes bed rest, pain medication, muscle relaxants, external back braces, and physical therapy. If there is little or no pain relief, Dr. Spencer may recommend vertebral augmentation.
This minimally invasive procedure is done on an outpatient basis and usually requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation, eliminating many of the complications that result from open surgery. In some instances, general anesthesia is advised with a short hospital stay. For many patients, vertebral augmentation results in enhanced procedural efficiency and is covered by Medicare and most private insurers.
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