Associated Physicians Group Offering the Latest Advancement in the Treatment of Painful Spinal Fractures: Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation™


RF-TVA offers predictable and unparalleled control when treating spine fractures, from initial access to final stabilization of the fractured vertebra

APG is one of a limited number of facilities in the bi-state area offering the latest treatment for back pain

Vertebral compression fractures are broken or cracked bones in the spine.  They are typically a result of osteoporosis—a weakening of the bone and are a common cause of back pain.Unfortunately, the prevalence of these fractures is increasing as the U.S. Population ages.  They can cause “knife-like” pain, and if untreated, chronic pain, disability, and physical deformities such as a “hunchback” posture.   This is why Associated Physicians Group is pleased to offer the  most advanced targeted therapy available for these painful fracture— Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation (RF-TVA).

Until the early 1990’s the only treatment options were the use of pain medications, bed rest and bracing. Some patients improved, while others did not. Fortunately, new treatments have been developed over the years with the goal of reducing or eliminating pain, preventing further collapse of the fracture and helping to restore normal spinal posture.  In keeping with our mission to deliver the most up-to-date treatments, Associated Physicians Group is now one of a limited number of facilities offering RF-TVA for patients suffering from vertebral compression fractures in the bi-state area.

What is Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation™? (RF-TVA)

It is typically an outpatient procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia with mild sedation and a small incision to access the site of the fracture. The entire procedure takes just 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

How does it work?

RF-TVA is a bone- sparing procedure that uses radio frequency energy to create small channel-like spaces in the vertebra, targeted to the fracture site. Once the space is created, the physician slowly injects bone stabilizing material—commonly called bone cement—into the space. The bone cement hardens within minutes, stabilizing the fracture. The newly augmented vertebra returns to a more normal shape, relieving pressure, pain, and stabilizing posture.

If you or someone you know are seeking relief from back pain caused by spinal fractures and want to learn more about the most up-to-date treatment, please call (618) 628-8211. We can help patients with back pain at our offices in Edwardsville, Alton, Swansea and O’Fallon, Illinois.