Understanding a Vertebrae Fracture

A vertebrae fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in the spine (vertebrae) break or collapse.

What is a vertebrae Fracture?

A vertebrae fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in the spine (vertebrae) break or collapse. These fractures can vary in severity, from hairline cracks to complete breaks, and may occur in any part of the spine, including the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), or lumbar (lower back) regions.


Symptoms of a vertebrae fracture may vary depending on the severity and location of the injury but commonly include sudden onset back pain, tenderness over the affected area, decreased mobility, and in severe cases, nerve compression leading to numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs.

Causes and Risk Factors

Vertebrae fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma from falls, motor vehicle accidents, or sports injuries. Additionally, individuals with osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones, are at an increased risk of developing compression fractures in the spine, often due to minor trauma or even everyday activities.

Treatment Options

Treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the fracture but can include rest, pain medication, bracing, physical therapy, and in some cases, minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty to stabilize the fracture and relieve pain.

Your Path to Comfort and Relief

At Napa Pain Institute, our multidisciplinary team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care and innovative treatment options to individuals with vertebrae fractures.

We offer many treatments including: 

Medication Management

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Pain Pump 


We prioritize patient education, empowerment, and collaboration, ensuring that you are actively involved in your treatment plan every step of the way.

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Dr. Johansson comes to us as a fellowship-trained and board-certified pain management specialist with nearly a decade of experience. She completed her fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where she then became the associate program director of the pain medicine fellowship and an assistant professor of military and emergency medicine. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, was Pre-medicine at San Diego State University, and received her BSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Her breadth of experience comes from a full career of serving in the United States Navy where she was the recipient of multiple academic and military service awards including a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous other individual, unit, and campaign awards. She has multiple published works and is the founding member of a military Pain Medicine Special Interest Group with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

In her free time, Dr. Johansson enjoys traveling, is newly married, loves dogs, and enjoys cooking and baking, as well as other creative pursuits. She has a particular interest in advanced procedural techniques for chronic pain relief and the effects of lifestyle on pain and healing. She looks forward to continuing our mission of providing our patients with the best care, every day.

Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

CEO & Founder of Neurovations

Dr. Eric Grigsby enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the field of Pain Management. He has a background as a researcher, teacher and clinician and brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the Napa Pain Institute. Dr. Grigsby attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He formed an interest in Pain Management as a career while working at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

After graduating from Boston University Medical School in 1984, Dr. Grigsby trained in General Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was invited to join the Medical Staff and teach at the Mayo Medical School until moving to California in 1989. The Dean of the University of California at Davis Medical Center then invited Dr. Grigsby to establish their first Pain Management Center, where he served as Medical Director until 1992. Following his post at UC Davis, Dr. Grigsby established his private Pain Management practice in Napa, California.

Today, he and his staff of over 50 professionals consult with patients throughout Northern California and the western United States.  More recently, Dr Grigsby completed his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He speaks nationally on topics such as non-operative treatment of spinal disorders, the safe use of medications for the treatment of pain, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to the proper treatment of patients with chronic illness.