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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can my vertebral compression fracture heal on its own without surgery? will i need an orthosis?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Yes: Typically, a compression fracture in a 20 year old will heal in three months without surgery. If it is in the lower thoracic or lumbar spine, a brace will help. Please get specific advice from your doctor.
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Last updated Oct 28, 2013

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