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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Broken Back (Overview)

A broken back is a general term in which a bone that makes up the spinal column (vertebrae) is fractured. It s a condition that requires immediate medical attention and usually surgery to treat. It is important to not move a person with a suspected broken back.


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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

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
102 doctors shared insights

Broken Back (Overview)

A broken back is a general term in which a bone that makes up the spinal column (vertebrae) is fractured. It s a condition that requires immediate medical attention and usually surgery to treat. It is important to not move a person with a suspected broken back.


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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. 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?

Pain : Pain is the most common complaint, some patients also have neurological deficits such as numbness or weakness or other neuro deficits based on where the fracture is. If one only has pain and the fracture is stable then it is usually managed with pain meds and sometimes brace. If there are neuro deficits and/or fracture is unstable then usually treated with surgical fixation with fusion. ...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 an 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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