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Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Overview)

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 r simple comp fxs.


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How does compression fracture L3 heal?

How does compression fracture L3 heal?

Depends: It depends on the type and location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Often times, wearing a brace and avoiding strenuous activities will allow a compression fracture to heal in younger patients. In the elderly, if these measures fail, a kyphoplasty may be an option. It usually takes 3 months to heal. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
137 doctors shared insights

Compression Fracture (Overview)

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 r simple comp fxs.


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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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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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When a boy has compression fracture, what does it mean?

Spine fracture: Usually compression fractures are referring to spine fractures. Compression fractures by definition involve the anterior column of the spine. Depending on the location and amount of compression determines treatment. ...Read more

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Have compression fracture at t10 for over 6 yrs. About once a mth i get back pain, chest pain and headache from this area, help was diagnosed with compression fracture at t10, and have had two spinal shots, about 5-6 yrs ago. Most of the time I am fine,

Have compression fracture at t10 for over 6 yrs.  About once a mth i get back pain, chest pain and headache from this area, help was diagnosed with compression fracture at t10, and have had two spinal shots, about 5-6 yrs ago.  Most of the time I am fine,

I : I agree that the jaw pain is not related to the spine fracture. Chronic back pain is fairly common. Maintaining ideal body weight, keeping good posture habits, regular stretching and exercise program, having a good mattress, putting pillows under knees at night to keep them bent are excellent measures to decrease or avoid flare ups. I personally like acupuncture and the use of interferential unit for these cases. Try to avoid the use of narcotics since it adds way too many problems including constipation, tolerance, chemical dependency and many other unintended consequences. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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What are the tests for compression fracture?

What are the tests for compression fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of compression fx starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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
1,471 doctors shared insights

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