Compression Fracture Treatments


Revolutionary treatment for compression fractures.

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for people suffering with compression fractures of the spine. The procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the collapsed vertebra, followed by injection of a special material. The material hardens and stabilizes the vertebra, preventing further damage. This treatment typically reduces or eliminates the pain caused by the fracture or the bone rubbing against bone. Patients can resume their activities almost immediately. The only option available before Kyphoplasty was weeks of bed rest and pain medications, possibly leading to other health complications.

Why would someone need Kyphoplasty?

The most common reason for Kyphoplasty is to stabilize a compression fracture of one or more vertebrae. Compression fractures can occur from an accident or trauma, but the most common cause is from osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that ten million Americans have osteoporosis, and the disease causes 700,000 vertebral fractures annually. Regardless of the cause, a compression fracture of the spine may result in severe pain, a tremendous reduction in the quality of life, and risk of additional compression fractures if untreated.

The Timeline

Restoring the height of the vertebra is more successful if Kyphoplasty is performed within six to eight weeks after the fracture. Kyphoplasty is performed with local anesthetic and oral sedation. The procedure generally takes 30-60 minutes for each fracture treated.


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Patient Testimonials

"A compression fracture was found and treated within days by Dr. Crisp in a procedure called Kyphoplasty. It is minimally invasive and provided instant pain relief. Anyone suffering from osteoporosis needs to be aware of this miracle treatment" - Barbara T.

"Dr. Crisp preformed my kyphoplasty and the result was wonderful!! I recommend Dr. Crisp and the Spine team" - Rene W.

"Dr. Crisp is friendly and answers every question" - Sharon P.

Dr. Greg Crisp, MD

Meet The Doctor

Dr. Greg Crisp

Visual Walkthrough of the Kyphoplasty Procedure

Kyphoplasty Spine Balloon Being inserted
Kyphoplasty Balloon Inflated
Kyphoplasty balloon removed, material injected
Kyphoplasty Material Hardens

Balloon Inserted

Through a pair of small incisions, and using special x-rays, the doctor uses a needle and cannula to create a small pathway into the damaged vertebra. Through this cannula, a balloon is inserted into the center of the vertebral body.

Balloon Inflated

The balloon is then carefully inflated to raise and restore the collapsed vertebra back to its original height and shape. Inflation of the balloon creates a void (cavity) in the vertebral body.

Balloon Removed, Material Injected

Once the vertebra is in the correct position, the balloon is deflated and removed. The remaining cavities are then injected with bone cement.

Material Hardens

Once the bone cement hardens, it forms an "internal cast" which supports the fractured vertebra near its normal height, relieves the pain, and prevents further collapse.

Patient Testimonials

  • The care they give is amazing. The front desk gals are so friendly and helpful assisting with anything I've asked. My PA Nathan is very knowledgeable, personable and has been amazing in assisting me with my pain issue's along with other problems. I would and do recommend them to my friends and family.

    SanDee Rhett Avatar SanDee Rhett
    February 16, 2024

    I recently had a visit and hip injection by Dr. Sneddon. He is brilliant. Very nice man who figured out a problem I didn't even know I had. Would recommend to anyone. The team is also very pleasant and professional.

    Becky Leighton Avatar Becky Leighton
    February 5, 2024

    Always helpful and great to see. Once again they came through for me with amazing help! I couldn't leave another 5 star review so I would like to add and just let everyone know how amazing Emily M. and Melissa F. are! The reception are always so friendly and helpful, everyone I've had contact with have always been incredible and positive and make every visit great! I referring to the North side location, as I've never been to the other one, they know how to hire the right people!

    Brandon K Avatar Brandon K
    January 19, 2024
  • I have been a patient with Spine Team for about the last two years and have to say they are number one! Dr. Emily has been a great listener and really pays special attention to my needs also the other team members Angel and Laicy do a fine job of keeping my appointments on time and checking me in. Life is a journey and not a destination and with the help Spine Team North my quality of life has improved greatly.

    ryan kunz Avatar ryan kunz
    December 19, 2023

    I've been very impressed with the care Emily and her MA Laicy has given me. From the beginning Emily has done everything that she can to see that I go in the right direction for the pain that I've been in. I'm so grateful for my knee injections. I'm starting to feel like a normal person. I will continue recommending Spine Team.

    Kathleen Hartshorn Avatar Kathleen Hartshorn
    November 19, 2023

    Kellie is a knowledgeable and effective therapist for physical pain. She not only diminishes alot of the pain at the visit but she has so much information on any specific part of my body that we are working on at the time that I get educated which helps me understand. She is a positive person. She has an upbeat and outgoing personality. I always look forward to seeing her. She is definitely a bright spot in my day! pain is always better the day she treats me. Win -win.

    Jillybean Avatar Jillybean
    November 19, 2023
  • I want to comment on my visits to see Emily and Laicy at the north office; they are so professional and caring! I feel so comfortable with talking to them about the issues I may have at the time and know that when I leave my appointment that we have gone over everything with answers. It is a great feeling that when you walk in the receptionist are so kind and easy going and to go to your appointment and you have the most upbeat and professional healthcare; it just makes your day!

    Brenda B Kastelein Avatar Brenda B Kastelein
    November 19, 2023

    I have have been going to Spine Team for 2 1/2 years. I cannot say enough good things about Emily and Laicy. They know me know my case and are so helpful with anything I need. Even though I have moved farther south in Idaho I will still continue to keep my care with them Thank you

    Candi Rosco Avatar Candi Rosco
    November 19, 2023

    Emily and Laicy @ Spokane Spine Team are great!! All the staff are wonderful! I love working with Emily. She is such a caring and compassionate Doctor and is always trying to find ways to get rid of my pain or make it more manageable. And great big THANK YOU to everyone, especially Emily, at Spokane Spine Team, for all that you do for everyone!! 😊❤️

    November 19, 2023

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