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how to heal a fractured vertebrae

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Gause
19 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Frequently yes: There are many ways to fracture the spine. Most fractures will heal with time. Often bracing is used to help stabilize the bone to assist healing. ... Read More
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes, a fractured vertebrae can "heal itself". The question is rather is it in good alignment that it we heal without chronic pain resulting from it, ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
About 6 weeks: This should heal in 6 - 8 weeks, barring any complications.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 - 12 weeks: Vertebral fractures typically heal over the course of 6 - 12 weeks. What most patients really want to know, though, is when their pain will resolve, ... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
28 years experience Neurosurgery
3 months: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
8-16 weeks: There is a lot factors effect that kind of fracture and method of treatment.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
8-12weeks: Most vertebral fractures are healed by 8-12 weeks, although some degree of healing can be seen on MRI up to about 6 months.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
8-12 weeks: An fracture of the C2 vertebrae, depending on the area involved, typically takes 8-12 weeks to heal and will need to be followed closely to make sure ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Contact neuro: Of course the numbness could be due to a number of issues, but a neuropathy or other issue stemming from the fracture would be the most concerning. I ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Pain?: Poorly controlled pain is a common reason for inability to sleep. Discuss this with your physician.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Depending on the type of fracture. It may or may not require surgical intervention. See an orthopedic spine specialist.

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