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Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

This is not: The same as a compression fracture. A compression fracture can result in anterior wedging, but not all anterior wedging is compression fracture. If there are up to 3 consecutive vertebral bodies with anterior wedging, then it may represent scheuermann's kyphosis which is a congenital osteodystrophy, that lead to vertebrae appearing wedged. Fracture is less likely given your age. See a specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

No: Not necessarily. Some people with vertebral fractures don't have pain. The L1 fracture may be old therefore not causing you pain. ...Read more

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I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

No: That is bad advice. You should not be confined to bed - you will become weak and the healing will be affected. First, find a new doctor. Second, ask about physical therapy or kyphoplasty (a fairly quick surgical procedure). Depending on the severity, one or the other may be indicated. ...Read more

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I am 29/m, My MRI scan says I have a wedge compression fracture at L1 and L3-L4=12MM L4-L5=12MM. Rest all 13mm. Can I be able to take up sports?

I am 29/m, My MRI scan says I have a wedge compression fracture at L1 and L3-L4=12MM L4-L5=12MM. Rest all 13mm. Can I be able to take up sports?

Probably: If the compression fractures are old, then the limiting factor is how hard you can exercise. Try to start with swimming or reclining bicycle to build up your stamina. Ask your Doctor for advice. If these are acute injuries, then your Doctor needs to look for the cause. Except for traumatic injury, a person your age should not have compression fractures. ...Read more

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What is a compression fracture?

What is a compression fracture?

Collapse of bone: Typically refers to collapse of a vertebrae in the spinal column. Occurs from trauma and associated with osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How is compression fracture diagnosed?

How is compression fracture diagnosed?

Imaging: X-rays, ct, MRI or bone scan. All are imaging modalities that can assist with the diagnosis of a spine fracture. ...Read more

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Is pt required for a compression fracture?

Is pt required for a compression fracture?

No: The majority of patients do not require therapy for a compression fracture. Usually walking for exercise and wearing a brace for 3 months to allow the fracture to heal are all that is required. There are of course exceptions but typically it is as specified above. ...Read more

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What are the tests for compression fracture?

What are the tests for compression fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of compression fx starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Compression fracture: Compression fractures of the spine are most related to trauma and what happens is the vertebral body, a bony structure in your spine becomes "compression" or shortened in height due to a pressure from trauma that causes it to collagse. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

Vertebrae fracture: Front half of the vertebrae with a fracture causing collapse of the vertebrae. Should not exceed 20-30% loss of height or will require treatment. ...Read more

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How does it take a compression fracture to heal?

How does it take a compression fracture to heal?

Compression fracture: The healing is on average about 3 months. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for compression fracture?

Are there home remedies for compression fracture?

Rest: Easy walking, calcium and vitamin d, avoid heavy lifting, walking every day, and try to stand up straight. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of compression fracture?

Pain: Compression fractures are painful at the site of the fracture. Most heal on their own without any intervention. A brace can be worn for comfort to take the stress off of the fracture. If the pain does not go away on its own in a few months, then they can easily be treated as an outpatient with a very short surgery that has no recovery period and no activity restrictions after surgery. ...Read more

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Will a severe compression fracture heal on its own?

Yes, over months: A compression fracture happens when a bone of the vertebral column partially collapses. The cubical shape of the bone deforms into a wedge shape on 1 side. The bone will heal over time with the wedge deformity but that usually causes the injured to have a small loss of height which is permanent without surgery. ...Read more

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When a boy has compression fracture, what does it mean?

Spine fracture: Usually compression fractures are referring to spine fractures. Compression fractures by definition involve the anterior column of the spine. Depending on the location and amount of compression determines treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know who is most likely to get compression fracture?

How do you know who is most likely to get compression fracture?

Mutilple ways: It could be result as fall, medication induced (like steriod), cancer induced, osteoporosis and others. The most common symptoms is uncontrollably back pain without any relief from over the counter medication and unable to tolerate by lying down. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compression fracture?

Do 2 a compression: This is usually used in describing vertebral fx tho any bone can b fx by a compressive force as in fingers in a door. Spine is the usual. Can b from a fall, mva or in the osteoporotic by a sneeze or cough. The force downward on a vertebra exceeds its strength 2 resist $ & it collapses on itself. Measured by loss of height. There can b many more complicated types, these above r simple comp fxs. ...Read more

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With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

Worsening: The biggest concern with compression fractures is continued or worsening collapse of the vertebrae. Follow up with your neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep the compression fracture from getting worse?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

Brace.: Compression fractures are common in the older, more osteoporotic patients. For younger patients, it can be associated with a significant fall. Usually it can be managed by a brace.

But for some patients, with severe pain, cementing of the fractured bone (vertebroplasty) can have immediate pain relief. Ask your physician about the riskts. ...Read more

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Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

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. ...Read more

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How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

Quite often: Could start as a simple pain. Please see doctor, because is not that simple to diagnose and treat pain. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture?

Yes: I have performed many. Usually done for acute compression fractures less than 6- 8 weeks old and cancer involving the vertebral body which is very painful. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone as young as 18 to have vertebral compression fracture?

Yes: Some medical conditions and medications can weaken the bone prematurely, leading to fracture. Trauma can cause fractures at any age. ...Read more

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What is a compression fracture of an ankle?

What is a compression fracture of an ankle?

When the fracture is: Caused by a compression injury i.E the bottom of the tibia smashing downward into the top of the talus or vice a versa...The joint is essentially compressed. ...Read more

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What is a compression fracture of your knee?

What is a compression fracture of your knee?

Usually produces sev: Compression fracture around the knee can be very painful and very disabling;it either occurs as a plateau fracture or an injry to the patella. In either case it needs to be evaluated by a orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small compression fracture of the spine?

What is the treatment for small compression fracture of the spine?

Conservative: Most osteoporotic compression fracture s will heal within 3 months. Treatment focuses on pain management and re building bone with calcium vitamin d and other medications. If pain persists after that amount of time there are other more to invasive approaches that can be tried to manage pain and disability. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a lumbar compression fracture from a lumbar compression deformity?

What distinguishes a lumbar compression fracture from a lumbar compression deformity?

The same: Lumbar compression deformity describes the appearance of a compression fracture on an imaging study. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Definition)

A vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15% to 20% in ...Read more