• Common Causes of Compression Fractures

    Compression fractures refer to the collapse of vertebral bodies, which are bones in the spine. The pain of compression fractures is often described as being “knife-like.” Although compression fractures can be debilitating, there are treatment options available to patients. A spine doctor will usually recommend non-surgical treatment options like rest and medications first, followed by spine surgery if the symptoms do not get better.

    Spinal Compression Fracture

    Loss of Bone Mass

    The loss of bone mass does not immediately cause a compression fracture, but it can predispose the bone to sustaining fractures when introduced to trauma. Osteoporosis is among the most common conditions associated with older age. It can affect both men and women. It occurs when the body breaks down more bone mass than it creates. Certain factors can exacerbate osteoporosis, such as the lack of sufficient calcium and vitamin D in one’s diet and the lack of weight-bearing exercises to keep the bones strong. As osteoporosis progresses, the bones continue to become more brittle and weak.

    Triggers of Vertebral Fractures

    Very brittle, weak bones may develop fractures from even slight trauma. Sometimes, this can occur when a person bends to lift a heavy object or trips on the stairs and falls. These trigger events can easily cause other types of fractures, such as hip fractures, in addition to compression fractures of the vertebrae. In some cases, a fall isn’t necessary to break a bone. A patient with advanced osteoporosis may trigger a compression fracture simply by sneezing or coughing.

    Incidents of Acute Trauma

    Although compression fractures are commonly associated with patients who are of advanced age, a person of any age can sustain these spinal injuries due to traumatic injuries. The force of the impact of a car crash or a fall from an elevated position may be sufficient to cause a spinal fracture.

    Spine Institute of Nevada specializes in minimally invasive spine care , including the surgical treatment of compression fractures. To find out if you could be a good candidate for spine surgery, schedule a consult with our spine surgeon in Las Vegas today. Contact us at (702) 239-3787 to get started.

  • What Causes Pinched Nerves in the Spine?

    When a nerve is somehow compressed or impinged, it may be referred to as a pinched or irritated nerve. A pinched spinal nerve can develop when any of the surrounding structures or tissues fail to give the nerve enough space. In some cases, this may require spine surgery to address, such as when bone spurs develop and press into nearby nerves. Spine surgery may also sometimes be required if disc herniation has led to the pinched nerve. Disc herniation occurs when the inner material of an intervertebral disc protrudes through a crack in the exterior. This inner material can then press against spinal nerves.

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    Other possible causes of nearby tissue compressing a spinal nerve include injury to the area or underlying medical conditions such as arthritis. Poor posture, obesity, and repetitive strain can also contribute to a pinched nerve.

    Spine Institute of Nevada offers comprehensive care for patients with back pain in the Las Vegas area, including nonsurgical and minimally invasive options . Contact us at (702) 239-3787 today to schedule a consult with a spine surgeon.

  • Taking a Closer Look at Spinal Stenosis

    If you’re experiencing persistent back pain , it may be time to visit a spine doctor. You may be diagnosed with spinal stenosis if you have symptoms such as pain that radiates either down to the legs or through the shoulders and arms. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, weakness, and a “pins and needles” sensation.

    When you watch this video, you’ll learn that spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal becomes narrower than usual and compresses the spinal nerves. This can cause painful symptoms, especially during standing and walking. The physical therapist featured in this video explains that spine surgery isn’t always necessary; first, patients may try conservative treatments like physical therapy.

    Spinal stenosis is just one of the many spine problems that are treatable by the back pain specialists at Spine Institute of Nevada . Contact us at (702) 239-3787 or visit us online to learn more about having minimally invasive surgery in the Las Vegas area .

  • Signs That You’re a Good Candidate for Spine Surgery

    The decision to have spine surgery should not be taken lightly. Every surgical procedure carries some risk of complications and patients can be sidelined for a while during their recovery. Most patients who suffer from back pain do not need spine surgery ; conservative treatment options are typically sufficient. However, there are some circumstances in which your spine doctor may recommend that you consider surgery.

    Signs for a Good Candidate for Spine Surgery

    You’ve Already Tried Nonsurgical Treatment Options

    Even if you have already tried medications and perhaps injections, your spine surgeon may still ask that you try other conservative treatment options before considering spine surgery. Many patients can find relief of symptoms with physical therapy, chiropractic care, and certain lifestyle changes. If your symptoms persist for months despite this conservative care, then spine surgery may be appropriate for you.

    Your Symptoms Are Interfering with Your Daily Life

    When determining whether a particular patient may be a good candidate for spine surgery, doctors often consider the extent to which symptoms are reducing your quality of life. Consider how severe your symptoms are and how frequently you experience them. Discuss whether your symptoms prevent you from enjoying your favorite leisure activities, fulfilling your obligations at work, or spending time with family and friends.

    You Have a Severe Medical Problem

    Certain conditions may call for surgery even if patients have not yet exhausted their nonsurgical treatment options. If your doctor detects a spinal tumor, for instance, you may undergo surgery to remove it. You might also have spine surgery for vertebral fractures, spinal infections, or any other back problem that results in instability of the spine. Some symptoms can indicate a serious spinal condition that may require surgery, such as the loss of control of one’s bowel and bladder.

    To find out if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery, you can contact Spine Institute of Nevada at (702) 239-3787. A spine surgeon in our facility in Las Vegas will carefully evaluate your case to determine if surgery may be appropriate in your case. We also offer nonsurgical treatment options for patients with back pain.