Spine Fracture Specialist

Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville

Mahmoud Samman, MD

Vascular and Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon located in Louisville, KY

Approximately 700,000 Americans experience a spine fracture every year. At Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville, Mahmoud Samman, MD, and the team use state-of-the-art interventional radiology instruments and techniques to diagnose and treat all types of spine fractures. Call the office in Louisville, Kentucky, or make an appointment online today for expert treatment.

Spine Fracture Q&A

What are the different types of spine fractures?

There are several types of spine fractures, including compression, burst, and flexion-distraction fractures. 

Compression fractures

Compression fractures are a common spine injury, especially if you have osteoporosis or another disease that weakens your bones. In most cases, this type of spine fracture occurs when something puts more pressure on a vertebra than it can handle. 

Burst fractures

Burst fractures occur when a severe trauma crushes a vertebra with extreme force. These injuries typically break a vertebra in several places, and bony splinters can move into your spinal canal and damage your spinal cord.

Flexion-distraction fractures

Your spine is made to bend forward. If you’re involved in an accident that forces your spine to flex backward, it can break a vertebra.

What are the symptoms of a spine fracture?

Spine fractures are painful. Depending on the type of fracture, you might have a sudden onset of back pain, or you could develop a chronic, dull ache that develops over time. Other signs of spine fractures include lost height, postural changes, and spinal curves. 

You should make an appointment at Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville if you have back pain that lasts for more than a few days. 

How are spine fractures treated?

Dr. Samman begins with a thorough exam to locate and evaluate your injury. He uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to diagnose spine fractures. 

As an interventional radiology specialist, Dr. Samman provides innovative, minimally invasive treatments using imaging techniques to repair and restore your spine, such as kyphoplasty. 

During kyphoplasty, he uses X-rays to locate a compression fracture and insert a hollow needle into your spine. Then, Dr. Samman feeds a surgical balloon through the needle and into your vertebra. He gently inflates the balloon to open the compression fracture and restore the shape of your bone.

Dr. Samman then fills your vertebra with bone cement to repair the fracture. When the procedure is complete, he removes the needle and bandages the insertion site. 

If you have a spine fracture or back pain, call Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville or make an appointment online today.