Back Pain Therapy
Vertebral compression fractures are a common cause of pain and disability.
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty techniques may be used to provide pain relief for people with severe painful osteoporosis with loss of height and/or compression fractures of the vertebral body and also for people with symptomatic vertebral haemangioma and painful vertebral body tumours (metastases or myeloma).
Percutaneous cement augmentation involves the injection of bone cement into the vertebral body to relieve pain and to stabilise the fractured vertebrae.
Having introduced these procedures to the United Kingdom, Dr David Wilson is one of the most experienced practitioners in the country and holds regular consultation clinics to meet with patients and discuss potential treatments.
Back pain and disability can also be caused by painful facet joints and nerve entrapment. There are two ways we can offer pain relief for these symptoms. Either facet joint injections and nerve root block injections can be performed under fluoroscopic guidance (live images using a small amount of radiation) or by fusion imaging where we combine MR/CT images and ultrasound to allow accurate and safe needle placement without additional radiation.
Our machine has been upgraded this year to provide a lower radiation dose, metal artefact suppression and higher resolution. The St. Luke’s Radiology team will be happy to answer any queries you may have. Please read the following brochure for additional details.
Vertebroplasty papers: Vertebroplasty for Vertebral Fracture; Dr David J Wilson; BMJ 2011.