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How to treat a fractured l4 and l5?

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Depends on type: Treatment depends on type of fracture, stability of fracture, how much deformity fracture introduces to the spine. It also depends on how much spinal canal compromise, and if there is any neurological deficit present. Most fractures of L4 and L5 vertebral bodies can be treated non-operatively with bracing, activity modification. A few may require surgery. Your surgeon will let you know.

Answered 5/1/2019

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Take it easy: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.

Answered 9/12/2014

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