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Treatment Options

Patients > Spinal Fractures

Treatment Options

 

–> Conservative Treatments

 

Traditional treatment for spinal fractures may include several weeks of bed rest, painkillers, physiotherapy and, sometimes, wearing a corset.

 

 

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–> Minimally Invasive Treatments

 

 

VERTEBROPLASTY

 

The aim of this technique is to stabilise the fracture and relieve pain. The fractured vertebrae are stabilised by injecting bone cement into the centre of the vertebra.

 

KYPHOPLASTY USING BALLOONS OR STENTS

 

The objective of this technique is to relieve pain, stabilise the fracture and restore the height of the vertebral body [1].

The procedure involves inserting two inflatable bone tamps or two stents into the vertebra in order to create a cavity, which is then filled with bone cement.

 

 

 

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SURGICAL TREATMENTS

Traditionally, a surgical technique known as spinal fusion is used to treat complex spinal fractures with neurological disorders. It is used to permanently block one or more intervertebral articulations in the vertebral column. Metal screws, plates or rods are used to fuse together two or more adjacent vertebrae.

The aim is to stabilise the vertebral column and relieve pain.

 

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  2. Hulme PA et al. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty: A Systematic Review of 69 Clinical Studies. Spine (2006) 31(17): 1983-200.
  3. Reinhold M et al. Operative treatment of 733 patients with acute thoracolumbar spinal injuries: comprehensive results from the second, prospective, internet-based multicenter study of the Spine Study Group of the German Association of Trauma Surgery. Eur Spine J (2010) 19:1657–1676.
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