Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture. To start, your doctor may try non-surgical options, including rest and prescription medication to help reduce your pain and improve your bone density.
If your condition is more severe or persistent, you may need surgery, such as:
- Vertebroplasty: Your doctor injects a medical-grade substance called bone cement, which “glues” the spine in its proper position to reduce pain and bone deformity.
- Kyphoplasty: First a balloon is inserted into the affected area to decompress your spine and allow you to regain lost height. Then your doctor will inject bone cement to stabilize your vertebrae.
- Spinal fusion: Your doctor will permanently adhere your vertebrae together in a fixed position.