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Is it still possible to walk if you have broken something in your back?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Fractures of the spine may limit your walking if they are painful, unstable, or have damaged nerve roots to control the muscles and sensation in your legs. So it all depends upon the kind of fracture. In young people with traumatic fractures there is often some limitation of walking. However in elderly patients a fracture may occur without trauma and be unnoticed.

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Last updated Nov 2, 2015

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