Lower Back Pain: What is the Difference Between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

Back pain is one of the most common orthopedic conditions. There are a variety of causes and treatment options depending on the diagnosis. In addition to conservative, non-invasive approaches like physical therapy, braces, exercise and pain medicine, I encourage my patients to consider interventional physiatry and back surgery. In the following video, I explain vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, two treatment options for patients with lower back pain caused by compression fractures.

Patients with lower back pain may also find the following information useful:

L-Fotopoulos-MD-blogAbout the Author: C. Lan Fotopoulos is a physiatrist specializing in minimally invasive and interventional procedures in the treatment of spinal disorders, including epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulation and sacroplasty.


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Gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular problem or condition is the first step in any medical treatment plan. I believe the information presented on our website will be helpful for those individuals experiencing neck or back pain, or other orthopedic problems. However, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your family physician. You are encouraged to consult with your physician to discuss any course of treatment presented or suggested.