Spine Fracture Treatment Options: A Historical Perspective

A variety of spine fracture treatment options are available today. Oldest and previously most common among them is non-operative care – bed rest, pain relief medicine, and bracing. Invasive procedures such as spinal fusion surgery, generally a procedure of last resort, slowly evolved from the limitations of non-operative care.

In the early 1980s, innovation, coupled with a series of technological advancements created a paradigm shift in the way that physicians approached spine fracture treatment and kyphosis (curved spine referred to as hunchback) treatment. This soon led to the advent of minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty.

Most recently, Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation™ (RF-TVA™) has emerged as the leading edge spine fracture treatment available to physicians. RF-TVA (formerly RF Kyphoplasty) builds on the experience gained through thousands of procedures, delivering a therapy that addresses the limitations of prior techniques to enable physicians to provide site-specific fracture care with minimal damage to native bone and greater precision in cement delivery.