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what does a vetebral compressure fracture mean?

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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
Osteoporosis/trauma: The vertebrae are the building blocks of the spine. They are made of cancellous (spongy) bone. They are stacked one on top of another separated by the vertebral discs. A compression fracture occurs when the bone cannot support the load. Sometimes it is because the bone is weak (osteoporosis) and sometimes because of severe load ( a fall or an auto accident) . The bone is compressed or collapsed.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Vertebral compressio: Means that the shape of the vertebral body of one vertebra is different, instead of being square, it turns triangular. This is cause by osteoporosis and injuries to the area, it can be sudden or gradual.

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What are some of the symptoms of colles' fracture?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Pain/swelling/others: A colle's fracure is an acute fracture of the wrist end of the forearm bones. The larger radius is usually knocked off the end of the shaft and the smaller ulnar bone is fractured. You usually do this by falling on the outstretched hand. Immediately you will have deformity, swelling, pain, perhaps numbness and will not want to use it. It is a serious fracture and should be seen immediately.
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What would a colles fracture look like?

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It depends: A colles fracture is a type of wrist fracture and the usual signs of a fracture are pain, swelling, and possibles deformity. Fractures are diagnosed with a combination of history taking, physical examination and x-rays.
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What does it meant to have colles' fracture ?

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Broken wrist: Colles fracture is a fracture of the lower end of the radius bone. At your wrist.
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How can somebody fracture my scaphoid?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
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Many ways: There are many ways to fracture the scaphoid, but the most common mechanism is a fall onto the outstretched hand.
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