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Webster, TX
A 51-year-old male asked:

6 months ago i fell down some stairs. the caused pain in my lower back. i thought it was just sore muscles. turns out i have a compression fracture of my l1. the pain persists. is surgery still an option?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Compression fracture: Stable compression fractures of L1dont need surgery surgery is indicated unstable compression fractures greater than 50%loss of anterior height or greater than15% degrees kyphosis or wedging progressive deformity is another indication your pain could still be from muscle stable compression fractures heal in 3 months persistent pain may indicate an unstable fracture pattern or soft tissue injury
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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