Kyphoplasty – New Treatment For Vertebral Fractures

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Term of the Day- Kyphoplasty

The Kyphoplasty procedure avoids surgery (a good thing).   Another prevalent injury seen in the workers comp field is spine fractures. Our most recent case of this resulted from a fall out of a semi-truck, but we have seen a wide array of painful vertebral fractures.

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One new popular treatment is Kyphoplasty. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can alleviate up to 90% of pain caused by compression fractures. Kyphoplasty also stabilizes the fracture, restores height, and reduces the deformity.

The procedure is minimally invasive, using only two small incisions and a probe placed into the vertebral space. The bone is drilled and a balloon, called a bone tamp, is inserted on each side. The balloons are then inflated and removed, leaving a cavity for orthopedic cement to be placed. The cement restores height and stability to the vertebra, and reduces pain.

Kyphoplasty is very similar to Vertebroplasty, used for more simple injuries, where physicians use image guidance to inject cement instead of balloons. Both are new promising technologies that increase a patient’s functional abilities, allowing them to return to their previous level of activity without any form of physical therapy or rehabilitation, a benefit to the patient and their employer.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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