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Manhattan’s, Dr. Steve Aydin, Successfully Treats Vertebral Compression Fractures with Advanced Treatment Method

As a physician with Manhattan Spine & Pain Medicine, Dr. Steve Aydin, D.O. joined National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC) through a partnership in late 2013. In addition to specializing in pain management, Dr. Aydin is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“Physical medicine and rehab focuses on musculoskeletal medicine—the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones,” said Dr. Aydin. “This training offers a better understanding of how an injury or problem in one part of the body can affect other parts, which is important when developing non-surgical strategies and treatment modalities to help people regain normal function.”

Dr. Aydin, as well as the other physicians at MSPM, are devoted to utilizing new and innovative techniques to combat pain non-surgically. In a recent clinical case, Dr. Aydin successfully utilized a technique to alleviate pain that was attributed to a spinal compression fractures. Spinal compression fractures occur when the bone structure becomes so weak that the vertebra virtually collapses on itself, creating a wedge-like shape. When fractures occur in multiple vertebrae, the entire spinal column may shorten and curve, forming a stooped posture. As the spine becomes more compressed, lung capacity decreases, the abdomen may distend, and the rib cage puts pressure on the hips.

In this specific case, a 67 year old woman was involved in a serious accident and had been suffering from debilitating pain. She was unresponsive to non-operative treatment modalities. In this case, Dr. Aydin took a new approach by gaining uni-pedicular access to the L1 vertebrae with an 11G access cannula. Then, vertebral augmentation was performed using an AVAflex® curved needle and a 15mm balloon. The cavity created allowed for polymethylmethacrylate cement (PMMA) to be safely delivered throughout the vertebral body.

The patient experienced reduced pain immediately, as well as significant reduced pain weeks later which allowed for a reduction in her medication management plan. The patient now has an increased activity level which attributes to a higher quality of life.

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