Back pain is not an easy thing to live with, especially after surgery which may or may not relieve pain. Back pain can be debilitating and affects many aspects of life such as; sitting, laying down, walking and other simple daily life activities.

Difficulty with simple tasks in-turn creates difficulty with life: including intimacy, returning to work for a sustainable living, etc. You don’t have to settle for that, because in today’s medicine there are solutions and some are immediate. One such solution is Kyphoplasty!

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is designed to stop the pain caused by spinal fractures

This is done by, injecting an orthopedic cement into a cavity at the fractured area. It takes about 20 minutes for the medical grade cement to harden which stabilizes the spine and provides immediate relief. Overall patients have experienced less pain by 80%. One particular cause of back pain that is usually resolved by Kyphoplasty is Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones over time, let me give you a story:

Jane is a 65-year-old grandmother who loves to tend to her garden and play with her grandchildren. Jane has osteoporosis which led to a compression fracture. This fracture has caused severe pain and has ultimately stopped her from tending to her garden and playing with her grandchildren. So, Jane did her research to see what treatments were available that would help her gain her life back. She found something promising! Jane found Kyphoplasty.

Jane chose Kyphoplasty because of its benefits which included:

  • Minimal scaring (No one likes to be reminded with large scars)
  • Immediate recovery time with no pain (which would allow Jane to get back to her regular activities)

Here’s another story,

Dave works for a delivery company that often requires him to carry packages on and off the delivery truck. On the weekends Dave also enjoys playing football with his buddies. During one of his games, things got a little rough and Dave suffered a back injury. Due to his back-injury Dave discovered immediately that he couldn’t carry out duties at work which required bending and lifting.

Dave could no longer work and upon evaluation with his Doctor, he was told he had a compression fracture. Dave was reluctant about the thought of an invasive surgery because of the involved risks. His doctor shared with him the option of Kyphoplasty. Dave was happy he decided to move forward with Kyphoplasty because it allowed him to return back to work immediately.

As any other procedure, there are risks, to find out any information about both the benefits and risks of having Kyphoplasty performed please visit

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About the Author

Dr. Woodley Mardy-Davis is fellow-ship trained and triple board certified through The American Board of Anesthesiology and The American Board of Addiction Medicine. Board Certifications include Interventional Spine/Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Davis specializes in nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments of the spine, and musculoskeletal system.

Dr. Davis’ skills are honed in the fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided procedures to intervene in the disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Dr. Davis advocates a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to acute, chronic spine and pain disorders through the use of innovative diagnostic tools, treatment interventions and successful rehabilitation.