Spine Fracture Treatments

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures for spine fractures, which are sometimes called vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).

When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. These compression fractures, which may involve a collapse of one or more vertebrae in the spine, are a common symptom and result of osteoporosis.

Imaging Healthcare Specialists offers these two minimally invasive procedures to provide rapid relief from the pain of these fractures. Both procedures have you resuming regular activity on the same day. To schedule your appointment, please call our Precision Therapy office at (858) 677-9957 or visit our Precision Therapy site.


Kyphoplasty features a balloon that is inserted into the vertebral body and inflated to restore the bone to a more natural position. When deflated, the balloon creates a hollow cavity that is replaced by bone cement.


Vertebroplasty uses a type of X-ray called a fluoroscope to guide a needle into a compression fracture, and then a special type of bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae. The cement hardens, stabilizing and strengthening the bone.

Both procedures provide immediate pain relief in most cases.

Preparation instructions will be provided to you before your visit.

Contact Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ Precision Therapy Center

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has fellowship-training interventional radiologists for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty at our Encinitas and San Diego locations. Please call (858) 677-9957 today to schedule.

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