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We understand how it feels to be drained by spine pain.

You may feel frustrated, anxious, or worried that you may no longer participate in the activities you’ve always enjoyed. We can help.

Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) of the spine, which can be painful and limit spine mobility, are commonly caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumors, or traumatic injury. Traditional treatments of bed rest, pain medication, and braces are slow to relieve the pain. Vertebral Augmentation is a process of injecting bone cement into the fractured bone and restoring the vertebra height, offering patients faster recovery and reduced risk of future fractures in the treated bone.

Vertebral Augmentation like Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may be a treatment option if you have painful vertebral compression fractures from:

  • Osteoporosis (a depletion of calcium in bones)
  • Cancer or tumors
  • Traumatic Injury


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Vertebral Augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure that usually requires only sedation and local anesthesia, and a small incision to access the vertebra. The entire procedure typically takes just 30 to 40 minutes to complete. After the vertebra is accessed, a small, specifically designed instrument is used to create small spaces within the vertebra. The bone cement is delivered slowly, allowing it to fill the small spaces and penetrate into the vertebra. The bone cement hardens within minutes, effectively immobilizing the fracture and reinforcing the bone.

A small band-aid is placed over the incision following your treatment. You’ll then spend some time in the recovery room, after which time you will be able to return home. As you begin your recovery, you can expect to feel rapid and lasting back pain relief. Soon you should be able to return to your normal daily activities and experience a renewed and improved quality of life.

Life's Too Short To Live It In Pain. We Can Help.

If you’re suffering from pain related to a vertebral compression fracture, you’re not alone. We help our patients get back to doing the things they love.

To speak to our team and learn more, or to schedule an evaluation of your condition, please contact us at the number below.

Call 541-386-9500

Columbia Pain Management, PC Doctors

Dr. Russo is a dual board-certified physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management specialist. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley followed by medical school and graduate degrees in Public Health and Clinical Research and Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

He continued his graduate medical education and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed by a fellowship in pain management at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Russo is an expert in pain treatment and regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions.

He is a medico-legal adviser and technical consultant in areas of risk management, peer review, clinical toxicology, and organizational development.

Areas treated: Cervical Spine (Not Upper Cervical or CCI)*, Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Hip, Knee, Lumbar Spine, Shoulder, Thoracic Spine

Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as addiction medicine, Dr. Rigert came of age professionally before interventional pain management and chronic opiate therapies (COT) were popularized.

His experience includes the medical directorship of two inpatient physical rehabilitation programs, as well as an inpatient and outpatient multidisciplinary chronic pain program. He is proficient in interventional pain care and is the founder of Columbia Pain Management in Hood River Oregon.

He has a loving wife and four children, as well as a beagle. He enjoys the typical Hood River sports – kiting, skiing, and mountain biking – and is a member of Toastmasters, Hood River Rotary and Hood River CMA church. He also coaches the Horizon Christian School FTC robotics team and has a weakness for chocolate.

Areas treated: Cervical Spine (Not Upper Cervical or CCI)*, Elbow, Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Hip, Knee, Lumbar Spine, Shoulder, Thoracic Spine

Clinic Locations

Hood River

1010 10th Street
Hood River, OR 97031


6542 SE Lake Rd
Suite 101
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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*DISCLAIMER: All medical procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.