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How to treat a fractured l4 and l5?

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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
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.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
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.
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Last updated May 1, 2019


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