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How serious is a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?

How serious is  a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?

Its a minor surgery: Vertebroplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that is done with conscious sedation and local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The complication rate is very low. There is typically minimal blood loss. Otherwise healthy patients can usually go home about an hour after the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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For how long would a compression fracture of the spine take to heal for a very healthy 85 year old woman?

For how long would a compression fracture of the spine take to heal for a very healthy 85 year old woman?

3 months: I usually recommend a brace when out of bed or kyphoplasty if the patient is in severe pain or not improving with time. Check out spine-health.Com. ...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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I have a compression fracture, what does this mean, collapsed spine?

Depends on amount: The degree of collapse after a compression fracture depends on the location and the extent of compression; very minimal compression though painful may not lead to collapse especially in the toracic spine where ther rib cage would provide some degree of support. ...Read more

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What do they do for an older person that falls and has a compression fracture in their lower spine?

What do they do for an older person that falls and has a compression fracture in their lower spine?

Conservative: Initial treatment is conservative including pain control and physical therapy. If this fails after a few weeks, then a kyphoplasty could be indicated. ...Read more

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I'm a 31-year-old male with osteoporosis and compression fracture L4 disk spine?

I'm a 31-year-old male with osteoporosis and compression fracture
L4 disk spine?

Unusual : It is very unusual for a 31 year old to have osteoporosis and so a full endocrine workup would be indicated to find the underlying cause.; otherwise you might be at high risk for further fractures. ...Read more

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How serious is a superior end plate compression fracture at t12 in the spine?

How serious is a superior end plate compression fracture at t12 in the spine?

Can be: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What is usual treatment for stable compression fracture of spine t 6 in elderly?

What is usual treatment for stable  compression fracture of spine t 6 in elderly?

VCF Older: For any low energy fracture, nonsurgical treatment is fine. Allowing increased activity as pain allows is the answer. The first 3 weeks are toughest with decrease in pain as the bone heals (which it does 70% of the time). Osteoporosis eval is mandatory to prevent more fractures. Kyphoplasty is an excellent and fast solution if pain persists or worsens. ...Read more

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I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

Unlikely: Spinal compression fractures in people with normal bone density (like 16 yo males) are usually due to fall from height or rapid deceleration.They are also very painful. You probably just strained some muscles. Ice down your back for 20 minutes and avoid lifting for a couple of days. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


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