Vertebral compression fracture treatment
The London Spine Unit specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of Vertebral compression fracture. Our Specialists are trained in the recognition of symptoms caused by Vertebral compression fracture. The best investigation for this condition is an MRI scan as this shows the structural damage that can be caused by Vertebral compression fracture.
If you have been diagnosed with Vertebral compression fracture then you should seek a specialist second opinion on the best treatment options as untreated Vertebral compression fracture can lead to more serious problems including nerve damage, persistent pain and immobility.
We are based on the Prestigious Harley Street and our clinic is fully equipped to diagnose and treat Vertebral compression fracture
More details about Vertebral compression fracture
A compression fracture is a collapse of a vertebra. It may be due to trauma or due to a weakening of the vertebra (compare with burst fracture). This weakening is seen in patients with osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta, lytic lesions from metastatic or primary tumors, or infection. In healthy patients, it is most often seen in individuals suffering extreme vertical shocks, such as ejecting from an ejection seat. Seen in lateral views in plain x-ray films, compression fractures of the spine characteristically appear as wedge deformities, with greater loss of height anteriorly than posteriorly and intact pedicles in the anteroposterior view.
Acute fractures will cause severe back pain. Compression fractures which develop gradually, such as in osteoporosis, may initially not cause any symptoms, but will later often lead to back pain and loss of height.