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Dr. John Landi
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Broken Back (Overview)

is fracture of one or more vertebrae.


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What are the symptoms of a broken back?

What are the symptoms of a broken back?

Pain: Pain is the most common symptom, as well as poor ambulation, and possible neurologic issues. Some back fractures can present with minimal or no symptoms, such as stress fractures of the low back (spondylolysis). Treatment depends on the symptoms and type of fracture. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
103 doctors shared insights

Broken Back (Overview)

is fracture of one or more vertebrae.


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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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What are the signs and treatment options for a broken back?

What are the signs and treatment options for a broken back?

Broken back : It can be a fracture of the bones or a disruption of the ligaments that requires no treatment, simple rigid bracing, halo fixation, or even surgery. These problems can occur following trauma and are localized to the neck region/cervical, middle back/thoracic, or lower/lumbar, sacral. See a spine specialist concerning your particular injury. Some imaging study will be needed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for broken back?

What are the tests for broken back?

See below: If there is a fracture suspected, the first test is a xray or a cat scan. A ct scan or cat scan is a special type of xray and it is usually better at seeing fractures than an MRI which is better for looking a non bone tissue. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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Can a broken back from several years ago cause arthritis?

Can a broken back from several years ago cause arthritis?

Yes: Ths is not uncommon to have accelerated degenerative changes about the rgeion that was affected. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 2/3 of a broken back?

What does it mean to have 2/3 of a broken back?

Columns: I suspect you must have fractured two of the three 'columns' of a spinal vertebra: the anterior column, middle column, and posterior column. The stability of a fracture is determined by which columns have been compromised and dictates whether a fracture requires treatment with a brace, a specialized injection, or a surgery (like a spinal fusion). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for broken back?

What is the treatment for broken back?

Depend: On the level or site of the fracture, the bony part of the vertebrae that is fractured; if there is bony protrusion into the spinal canal with associated spinal cord or nerve root injury. Options are support & observation, surgical decompression & fusion with or without hardware. ...Read more

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How do I prevent frmo gaining weight with a broken back?

How do I prevent frmo gaining weight with a broken back?

You must eat less: If you are unable to burn off more calories by exercising, there is only one way to lose weight; eat fewer calories. Actually, losing weight simply by exercising is difficult for most; it is more effective to eat less. ...Read more

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What are the tests for broken back?

See below: If there is a fracture suspected, the first test is a xray or a cat scan. A ct scan or cat scan is a special type of xray and it is usually better at seeing fractures than an MRI which is better for looking a non bone tissue. ...Read more

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How long for "broken back" to heal?

How long for "broken back" to heal?

variable: Multiple factors affect how long a fracture will take to heal--fracture factors like displacement, angulation, etc, as well as patient factors like smoking, osteoporosis, etc. Most fractures tend to heal by about 3 months. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken back?

Pain: Pain is the most common symptom, as well as poor ambulation, and possible neurologic issues. Some back fractures can present with minimal or no symptoms, such as stress fractures of the low back (spondylolysis). Treatment depends on the symptoms and type of fracture. ...Read more

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Lying down hurts the worst. Broken back?

Lying down hurts the worst. Broken back?

Did you sustain a: Significant injury? If so, it will require x-rays to determine if you have fractures of any vertebrae. If you are experiencing severe back pain would encourage medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a broken back.?

Describe the features of a broken back.?

Pain: Back pain worse sitting and walking some sevete frx will include nerve disfunction from pain numbness paralysis. Xrays show broken bone result of fall o rmva. See a doc to evaluate. ...Read more

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What exercises I can do with a broken back?

What exercises I can do with a broken back?

Ask your doctor: This depends on the type of your fracture, how were you treated, and how far along you are in tetms of the healing process. Your doctor is the only one who can guide you on this. ...Read more

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How long will it take a broken back to heal?

How long will it take a broken back to heal?

See below: Depends on what you mean by a "broken back". If you mean a fracture of one or more vertebrae, the recovery period can be as short as 3 months or as long as a year or even more. Pain from a vertebral fracture often improves after about 3 months but in some people can be persistent. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 2/3 of a broken back?

Columns: I suspect you must have fractured two of the three 'columns' of a spinal vertebra: the anterior column, middle column, and posterior column. The stability of a fracture is determined by which columns have been compromised and dictates whether a fracture requires treatment with a brace, a specialized injection, or a surgery (like a spinal fusion). ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from a broken back?

It depend: What kind break you have. Some minor injuries usually in about 4-6 weeks some injuries take more time to heal. Some injuries need surgery which mean more time. ...Read more

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What are the odds becoming disabled if I have a broken back?

What are the odds becoming disabled if I have a broken back?

Depends on Type: There are many types of "back" (thoracic & lumbar spine) fractures. Each fracture have unique features & treatment recommendations. Lots of fractures are stable needing no surgery, and causing no neurological injury, and leading to no disability. Others could lead to neurological injury -- from mild weakness to paraplegia. If you have a spinal fracture, go get evaluated by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crushed disk and a broken back?

What is the difference between a crushed disk and a broken back?

Very different: The disc refers to a soft substance in between the vertebrates of your back. The broken back would be referring to the actual bone being broken. ...Read more

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What should I do for pain from a broken back that accrued years ago?

First find source: First, one must make sure your symptoms are related to an old fracture. Most heal without any consequence but sometimes other structures were also injured but were not part of the initial pain but became problematic over time like a disc. Sometimes a fracture heals in a way that alters the mechanics of the spine creating the pain. Treatment would be based on the reason for the pain. ...Read more

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I've got a broken back and I'm looking for things to do while trying to recover and still keep somewhat fit?

Walking: Walking is a good exercise for you. Try to walk 2 miles a day and can do light weights using arms and legs but not loading the spine. ...Read more

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Why is pryopism associated with a broken back?

Why is pryopism associated with a broken back?

Injury: A common cause of a persistent erection caused by excessive blood flow into the penis — is trauma or injury to your genitals, pelvis or the perineum, the region between the base of the penis and the anus.

Other factors
other causes of priapism include: spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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What is the chance that an over weight man can live with a broken back?

What is the chance that an over weight man can live with a broken back?

Depends on: This more depends on the type of fracture: stable v unstable & its location in the spine as well as the presence or absence of any neurologic involvement and its type as well as extent. How much obesity plays a role as well as any associated medical issues present. The degree of symptoms also plays a role. The risk is more associated with the degree of neurologic involvement & its permanence. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for broken back?

Depend: On the level or site of the fracture, the bony part of the vertebrae that is fractured; if there is bony protrusion into the spinal canal with associated spinal cord or nerve root injury. Options are support & observation, surgical decompression & fusion with or without hardware. ...Read more

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Is masturbation okay with a broken back?

Probably: If it doesn't hurt more or make you worse, you should be ok. Consider starting gently, progress slowly and try not to hurt yourself. If you're not having a good time, you may need to wait awhile. ...Read more