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The spine is comprised of a column of 33 individual bones called vertebra that interlock with each other to form the spinal column. More than one vertebra is referred to as vertebrae.

Your 33 vertebrae are numbered and divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. Only the top 24 vertebrae are movable; the vertebrae of the sacrum and coccyx are fused. Your vertebrae are separated and cushioned by intervertebral discs to keep the bones from rubbing together, and supported by extensor muscles along the spine and flexor muscles in your abdomen. Your spine provides the main support for your body, allowing you to stand upright, bend and move freely.

A spinal or vertebral compression fracture is usually due to conditions such as: osteoporosis (a condition which weakens the bones), a very hard fall, excessive pressure, or some kind of physical injury. When a bone in the spine collapses, it is called a vertebral compression fracture.

Anyone can experience a spinal compression fracture, although the most common occurrences are in both men and women of all races age 50 and older. Caucasian and Asian women who have already been through menopause are at the highest risk for VCFs and experience a 25% occurrence rate.

The Spine Fracture Center now offers two minimally-invasive treatments for Spinal Compression Fractures: Vertebroplasty and Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty.

We accept:
• Aetna Healthcare (all plan types)
• Avmed Health Plans
• Florida Blue
• Golden Rule
• Humana
• Medicare
• MultiPlan Network
• RailRoad Medicare
• Tricare
• UMR
• United Healthcare
• PHCS Savility
• PHCS Network
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• Osteoporosis
• Multiple Myeloma
• Metastatic Cancer
• Fall or trauma

The Spine Fracture Center specializes in two revolutionary, minimally-invasive, outpatient procedures that reduce and eliminate back pain, help you regain body height and your quality of life. Dr. St. George and Dr. Cunningham have been specially trained in interventional radiology, and offer specialized one-on-one patient consultations, and exceptional care at their convenient ambulatory center.
Back pain, loss of height and inactivity do not have to be part of your life. Call today for your free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for these new life changing procedures.