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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Vertebral Compression Fractures

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Are vertebral compression fractures common?

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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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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How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

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

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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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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I have three compression fractures in my vertebrae due to osteo. Too old for surgery. Rib cage pain and feel like I am breaking into. I have brace.

I have three compression fractures in my vertebrae due to osteo.  Too old for surgery.  Rib cage pain and feel like I am breaking into.  I have brace.

Consider options: You may benefit from an evaluation by a spine surgeon. A procedure called kyphoplasty may be an option. Check out kyphon.Com. ...Read more

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What is the usual cause of compression fractures in the spine?

What is the usual cause of compression fractures in the spine?

Several causes : Compression fractures can occur from trauma ( falls, MVAs, ATV crashes ) or from osteoporosis allowing fractures to occur with less strenuos activities or falls. ...Read more

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Osteoperosis in a 28 yr old female caused multiple compression fractures in spine what can be done to prevent further problems and present probs?

Osteoperosis in a 28 yr old female caused multiple compression fractures in spine what can be done to prevent further problems and present probs?

It is VERY unusual: for a 28 yr old to have multiple compression fractures w/out trauma. There has to be an underlying medical cause, & likely not just osteoporosis (see your PCP). Make sure you don't just have Scheuermann's kyphosis, which a radiologist might mention on a report as compression fractures, when it is actually the normal shape of the vertebra. Typically there is about 3 to 5 consecutive wedged vertebra ...Read more

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Could thoracic compression fractures be caused gradually by carrying heavy weight on top of the spine?

Could thoracic compression fractures be caused gradually by carrying heavy weight on top of the spine?

Not really: They usually follow trauma, which may B minor in people with osteoporosis, such as a misstep, cough, sneeze. Those with young bone & strong bone will need a more forceful trauma. ...Read more

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What causes severe bone loss in young adults? Was diagnosed with osteoporosis after several compression fractures

Many things: Hi. There are many things (and I mean MANY), genetic and acquired, that can cause osteoporosis and fracture in young people. You need a good endocrinologist. I know Lynn Kohlmeier, an endo in Spokane who's very good with metabolic bone disease. I suggest you see her, and bring all labs and data you have on your case. If a diagnosis is established, there may be things that can help bone health. ...Read more

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After compression fractures a yr ago they dont seem to be healing and now my muscles feel very odd like heavy and weak almost what would cause this?

Varies : As your question implies, a simple compression fracture or fractures that occurred a year ago should be healed by now and not causing problems. It suggests you may have something more going on. If you have not had an MRI, it may be helpful to get to look for other components to your injury. ...Read more

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I have chronic compression fractures in L2 and T2. No trauma to my back but had celestone injections age 6-11 now 58. Could this be the cause for pain?

Not typically: The term chronic refers to the idea that the fractures are old and therefore healed. Unless they healed in a highly collapsed manner, most healed compression fractures do not cause pain. Similarly, steroid injections in and of themselves do not cause pain. Degenerative disc disease, facet arthropathy, and SI problems are just three examples of more common causes. Be seen for correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

If : If you have compression fractures, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in your back, it's likely the same processes are occurring in your neck. When the nerve roots in your neck are pinched or irritated by bulging discs or osteophytes (bone spurs), you could have pain, numbness or other sensations in your arms and hands. (it's like having sciatica in your arms.) if left untreated, you could eventually develop weakness in your upper extremities. See your doctor about these symptoms. He/she may want to arrange an MRI of your neck. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had bone density test that's normal ..but have 4 compression fractures in spine..50% height loss..2 hat would cause this..vit d is a bit low?

Had bone density test that's normal ..but have 4 compression fractures in spine..50% height loss..2 hat would cause this..vit d is a bit low?

Fractures: Normal bone density with four vertebral fractures does not make sense. The bone is my specialty. Hopefully you have had the proper tests done and treatment started. If not you must do so immediately. There some women, about 15 over the last few years while pregnant or 6 months after birth who also have unexpected fractures. See an endocrinologist and orthopedist. ...Read more

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Compression fractures in spine, what to do?

See a specialist: A spine specialist can provide a thorough evaluation and give you advice on your best treatment options. ...Read more

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Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's ability to heal or recover. Compression fractures usually result from an injury. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

Compression fracture: Mild compression fractures in healthy premenopausal women are usually treated with a back brace. Healing ranges from 6-13 weeks in non smokers. When the fractures are moderate to severe and interfere with daily activity then bone cement can be placed in the vertebral body (kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty) to repair the fracture and eliminate the pain. ...Read more