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How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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undefined 28 years experience
Quite often: Could start as a simple pain. Please see doctor, because is not that simple to diagnose and treat pain.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Sure can be: Any vertebral fracture has the potential to be bad. Compression fractures, depending on the cause, can create lots of problems. Among them are pinched nerves with associated pain syndromes, loss of mobility and others. Depending on the situation, compression fractures can be heralds for more ominous things. You should be seeing a doctor for this, if you haven't already.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Most VCFs are painful, and need evaluation for treatments including bracing, observation, PMMA (bone cement) injections, and sometimes surgery. Each fracture has "personality" and needs assessment for progressive collapse and neurologic compromise. Sometimes they are due to more serious conditions, such as cancer, so make sure that a follow-up with a doctor happens.
Feb 9, 2012

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