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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Compression Fractures Vertebrae

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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Are vertebral compression fractures common?

Yes: They occur in older patients usually due to osteoporosis. Women are affected 6:1 compared to men. ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

Yes: Mri scan is the most accurate test. Pain over the fracture site is the most useful physical finding. ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

Yes: 60% probably need some form of treatment. Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful. ...Read more

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How do I prevent vertebral compression fractures?

How do I prevent vertebral compression fractures?

Exercise: The only way to delay the effects of bone loss is to build stronger bones through exercise when you are young. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, then you need medication to reduce the chance of fractures. ...Read more

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How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

Fracture: These are usually treated with a brace to stabilize the area until it heals (at least 6 weeks) Sometimes special cement can be injected with a surgical procedure to treat the fracture (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures?

Patient specific: Some patients have no pain while others suffer debilitating pain from a vcf. Regardless, it is critical to treat your osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what percentage of vertebral compression fractures are symptomatic?

That is difficult to: Exactly say as some people never get evaluated when they have back pain but the possibility of a fracture as the cause was real so it was not truly without symptoms. But the percentage is fairly high in the 60-70% range. ...Read more

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