Spine pain doesn’t have to be a lifelong problem. There are a variety of non-surgical spine imaging procedures that provide significant relief in some patients.
Spinal procedures performed at DRI include:
- Discograms (diagnostic disc injections)
- Epidural injections
- Facet and joint injections
- Nerve and root blocks
Spine pain can be resolved or significantly reduced in 80 percent or more of persons undergoing vertebroplasty, just one of the spine imaging procedures offered at DRI. Most patients achieve pain relief the next day, while some respond to the treatment at a slower rate. Patients typically experience minor, temporary soreness at the needle site.
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Vertebroplasty may offer relief from painful fractures of the spine due to osteoporosis. These fractures are most common in elderly females. Symptoms range from mild nagging pain to severe debilitating pain. The pain will often subside within three to six weeks with conservative therapy. However, in some instances, it persists for months or is so severe that it cannot be managed with therapy, rest and pain medication.
A vertebroplasty procedure involves injecting a cement-like substance directly into the collapsed vertebra until the bone is filled. The bone cement hardens within minutes, strengthening the bone to stabilize the fractured components and prevent further collapse.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure that treats painful progressive vertebral body collapse or fractures caused by osteoporosis or a tumor in the vertebra. A DRI physician uses balloons to restore the collapsed vertebra to its normal height and shape, and then injects bone cement into the cavity created to stabilize the fractures or collapsed bone. Patients usually go home the same day and quickly return to normal activities.