Fractures in your spine, such as compression fractures, can be extraordinarily painful and need to heal correctly to prevent a future of chronic pain. If you think you have a fracture, contact Sunil Thomas, MD, a double board-certified interventional pain management and physical medicine specialist. At Evolution Pain and Spine in League City and Lake Jackson, Texas, Dr. Thomas offers expert treatments to reduce your pain and help you heal quickly and safely. Call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today for expert treatment of spinal fractures.
Fractures can cause symptoms that vary depending on the severity of your injury. In general, some of the signs of a fracture include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Can’t bear weight
- Can’t move affected area
You should never ignore signs of a fracture. It’s critical that your bones are treated and immobilized, so they heal correctly.
Conditions like osteoporosis and cancer can weaken your bones and make you more vulnerable to fractures. Repetitive movements and stress can also lead to stress fractures in your spine or elsewhere in your body.
Additionally, physical trauma is a common cause of fractures. For example, you could break a vertebra or another bone during an automobile accident or while playing a sport.
He provides thorough exams to assess your injury, including X-rays and MRIs, to see your bones and any adjacent soft tissue injuries.
The general approach to treating fractures is to ensure the bone is aligned correctly and immobilize it to keep it still and safe while your bone heals. In some cases, your body might need some extra help.
For example, if you have a compression fracture, Dr. Thomas can provide kyphoplasty to repair the damaged vertebra.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a surgical balloon to gently expand your damaged vertebrae back to its normal dimensions before Dr. Thomas fills it with bone cement. Dr. Thomas provides a back brace to protect your spine while your bones heal.
Additionally, Dr. Thomas might provide regenerative medicine therapies to accelerate the healing process or other pain management techniques to help you stay comfortable while you recover.
He might also recommend physical therapy to help you stay supple during your recovery and rebuild strength and flexibility after your bone has healed.
Call Evolution Pain and Spine today or make an appointment online today for customized treatment for fractures.