Understanding the Basics Behind Sacroplasty
What is Sacroplasty?
Many people who suffer from lower back pain is the most common type of arthritis that affects over 32.5 million adults seek nonsurgical options to alleviate their pain.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance offers nonsurgical options ranging from physical therapy to bracing and even injections.
One of those procedures is sacroplasty, a treatment for sacral fractures, which occur in the sacrum (or tailbone) just below the spine. The main goal of our treatment for sacroplasty in Kansas City is to increase stability and decrease pain in our patients.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance Sacroplasty Assessment
Assessing the Injury
Finding the right back pain treatment in Kansas City starts with an assessment.
During your appointment, you will sit with your KCOA physician of choice to discuss your condition, pain levels, factors that increase or decrease symptoms, previous treatments., previous treatments, and more. From there, your provider will perform a physical exam and other necessary diagnostic studies. With your history, examination, and test results, your physician can build a treatment plan and determine whether sacroplasty in Kansas City is your best solution.
Your physician will utilize diagnostic tests to determine whether a fracture exists and the severity of the fracture that would potentially be treated by a sacroplasty.
Commonly, you may have to undergo X-ray exams to diagnose this condition.
However, you may also undergo other testing options such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or CT scans.
Establishing a Care Plan
Based on the results of your interview, examination, and imaging studies, you can expect a custom care plan catered specifically to you.
From there, we outline what you can expect with your sacroplasty and how to prepare for your procedure.
Our physicians typically exhaust all conservative measures available before turning to surgery.
This is part of our dedication to bringing value to our patients as the largest orthopedic practice in Kansas City.
How it Works
In rare cases, surgery may also be necessary to encourage the bone to heal. In cases with severe fractures, your spinal surgeon can insert a pin into the broken bone to bring the edges together for correct alignment.
Sacroplasty in Kansas City is performed under IV sedation by a spine specialists, like the team at KCOA.
Your physician will insert a needle into the sacrum and apply an acrylic bone cement to the fractured bone shards.
This stabilizes the fracture and provides pain relief. Patients usually see immediate results with this nonsurgical, 30-minute procedure.
Once your procedure is complete, you can expect:
- Our team will help you to the post-anesthesia area. A nurse will monitor your vital signs and assess your pain level.
- Once the nurse has determined you are stable and alert, we will transfer you to a specialty patient room where you can begin your recovery.
Since sacroplasty is often outpatient, once you are cleared, you are free to finish the recovery process in the comfort of your own home.
What to Expect
Directly following your procedure, you will likely still experience back pain from the needle.
After several hours, that spine pain should resolve.
Most patients return to their normal life without too many restrictions after recovering from the procedure.
However, you may have to wait several weeks before you can participate in more strenuous activities, such as extended walking, squatting, or stair climbing.
When dealing with lower back pain from a sacral fracture, patients typically experience:
- Intense pain in the pelvis, hip area, or lower back
- Tender areas in the lower back
- Intensified pain during physical activity and exercise
- Swelling around the lower portion of the back
Causes of back pain
There are many different causes of back pain. At KCOA, we utilize advanced technologies and testing to accurately diagnose the source of your pain. With a proper diagnosis, we can appropriately target therapies and interventions for your specific pain, leading to a faster recovery.
Non-Surgical & Ongoing Treatments
Physical therapy, injections and bracing are all conservative, non-surgical options for patients experiencing pain from a compression fracture in their spine or sacrum. Sacroplasty in Kansas City is is considered a non-surgical option for lower back pain treatment as well.
Ongoing Treatment & Continued Care
If you also have an osteoporosis diagnosis, we may recommend ongoing treatment and lifestyle changes to promote bone and spine health. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for osteoporosis. Medications may help slow the breakdown of bone or have the potential to rebuild bone. Other recommendations for managing osteoporosis include:
Physical activity: Weight-bearing exercises can improve strength and balance, lessening the chances of falls and greatly reducing your risk of injury.
Diet: Make smart food choices, with healthy amounts of protein, and get the recommended calcium and vitamin D.
Lifestyle changes: Don’t smoke, and only drink alcohol in moderation.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Great people who are very willing to help you work through the best way to handle your injury.
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Stephanie was very thorough with her examination of my lower back. ‘Have been in pain for some time. She was professional but friendly and made me feel comfortable. After my MRI, I will go back for further assessment and treatment.
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