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A 44-year-old member asked:

are vertebral compression fractures common?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: They occur in older patients usually due to osteoporosis. Women are affected 6:1 compared to men.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes especially with: Older age in females related to decreased bone density.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: Particularly in the elderly due to frequent falls and osteoporosis. They are also commonly seen in trauma patients.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if I have osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Patient specific: Some patients have no pain while others suffer debilitating pain from a vcf. Regardless, it is critical to treat your osteoporosis.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Mri scan is the most accurate test. Pain over the fracture site is the most useful physical finding.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: 60% probably need some form of treatment. Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
restoration of vertebral height with kyphoplasty may be beneficial in new/recent compression fractures
Feb 22, 2012
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what percentage of vertebral compression fractures are symptomatic?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: It is estimated in the spinal literature that 60% of vertebral compression fractures are symptomatic enough to cause moderate - severe pain. Many of these heal without incident but approximately 30-40 percent may require treatment such as surgery.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Rovner
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Fracture: These are usually treated with a brace to stabilize the area until it heals (at least 6 weeks) Sometimes special cement can be injected with a surgical procedure to treat the fracture (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty)
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
many minor compression fracture will just heal with rest and mild meds
Nov 26, 2014

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