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What is a compression fracture?

What is a compression fracture?

Collapse of bone: Typically refers to collapse of a vertebrae in the spinal column. Occurs from trauma and associated with osteoporosis. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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 is compression fracture diagnosed?

How is compression fracture diagnosed?

Imaging: X-rays, ct, MRI or bone scan. All are imaging modalities that can assist with the diagnosis of a spine fracture. ...Read more

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Is pt required for a compression fracture?

Is pt required for a compression fracture?

No: The majority of patients do not require therapy for a compression fracture. Usually walking for exercise and wearing a brace for 3 months to allow the fracture to heal are all that is required. There are of course exceptions but typically it is as specified above. ...Read more

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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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Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Compression fracture: Compression fractures of the spine are most related to trauma and what happens is the vertebral body, a bony structure in your spine becomes "compression" or shortened in height due to a pressure from trauma that causes it to collagse. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

Vertebrae fracture: Front half of the vertebrae with a fracture causing collapse of the vertebrae. Should not exceed 20-30% loss of height or will require treatment. ...Read more

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How does it take a compression fracture to heal?

How does it take a compression fracture to heal?

Compression fracture: The healing is on average about 3 months. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for compression fracture?

Are there home remedies for compression fracture?

Rest: Easy walking, calcium and vitamin d, avoid heavy lifting, walking every day, and try to stand up straight. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of compression fracture?

Pain: Compression fractures are painful at the site of the fracture. Most heal on their own without any intervention. A brace can be worn for comfort to take the stress off of the fracture. If the pain does not go away on its own in a few months, then they can easily be treated as an outpatient with a very short surgery that has no recovery period and no activity restrictions after surgery. ...Read more

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Will a severe compression fracture heal on its own?

Yes, over months: A compression fracture happens when a bone of the vertebral column partially collapses. The cubical shape of the bone deforms into a wedge shape on 1 side. The bone will heal over time with the wedge deformity but that usually causes the injured to have a small loss of height which is permanent without surgery. ...Read more

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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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How do you know who is most likely to get compression fracture?

How do you know who is most likely to get compression fracture?

Mutilple ways: It could be result as fall, medication induced (like steriod), cancer induced, osteoporosis and others. The most common symptoms is uncontrollably back pain without any relief from over the counter medication and unable to tolerate by lying down. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compression fracture?

Do 2 a compression: 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. ...Read more

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With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

Worsening: The biggest concern with compression fractures is continued or worsening collapse of the vertebrae. Follow up with your neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep the compression fracture from getting worse?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

Brace.: Compression fractures are common in the older, more osteoporotic patients. For younger patients, it can be associated with a significant fall. Usually it can be managed by a brace.

But for some patients, with severe pain, cementing of the fractured bone (vertebroplasty) can have immediate pain relief. Ask your physician about the riskts. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for a vertebral compression fracture?

Many factors: Some of the risk factors (example: your genetics) cannot be changed. Things you can include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity. Exercise that stresses your bones and muscles help maintain bone strength and can reduce the risk of falls. Avoiding situations that lead to falls also help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for compression fracture?

Rest & analgesics: Vertebral fracture, often a compression fracture in osteoporotic skin, if not caused by trauma, is often very painful. If intractable not effectively treated with pain medication (analgesics), hospitalization may be required. ...Read more

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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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Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

Sure can be: Any vertebral fracture has the potential to be bad. Compression fractures, depending on the cause, can create lots of problems. Among them are pinched nerves with associated pain syndromes, loss of mobility and others. Depending on the situation, compression fractures can be heralds for more ominous things. You should be seeing a doctor for this, if you haven't already. ...Read more

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How do you treat nonunion compression fracture at t12?

How do you treat nonunion compression fracture at t12?

Fracture: As mentioned, vertebral augmentation is an option in cases of compression fracture, usually performed in older patients, many of whom have osteoporosis. Bracing is another option. There are fractures, however, that are too severe to consider safe vertebral augmentation, and in that case, surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

Quite often: Could start as a simple pain. Please see doctor, because is not that simple to diagnose and treat pain. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture?

Yes: I have performed many. Usually done for acute compression fractures less than 6- 8 weeks old and cancer involving the vertebral body which is very painful. ...Read more

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How will having compression fracture affect me down the road?

How will having compression fracture affect me down the road?

Should be fine: Most people with a single compression fracture wil be able to function without much difficulty. Some patients a mild back ache but nothing that prevents them from doing most everything. If older people have multiple compression fractures from osteoporosis sometimes that can be debilitating. ...Read more

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What do you do to prevent a compression fracture in your back?

What do you do to prevent a compression fracture in your back?

Exercises: The best way to prevent the common form of this is to treat or prevent osteopenia and it is known exercises and maintainence of good muscle tone and strength helps in maintaining good bone stock. Older people are the most likely to have this problem. ...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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How long does it take a slight compression fracture in t12 to recover?

About 3 months: It takes about 3 months to heal, though total healing may take 6 months or more. It is a process. Smoking, some drugs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen) can slow the process. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chronic compression fracture at t8 in back?

What does it mean to have a chronic compression fracture at t8 in back?

Old Crush Fracture: Chronic=happened 3-6 months ago. Compression=squished. Long bone Fx is usually like breaking a stick. A spine bone is a cylinder that can be crushed down usually more on one side. It's like sitting on a cardboard box & having it partially collapse.
AND, they usually heal nicely but are very painful and can take 1-3 months to heal.
Some docs do kyphoplasty which cements the Fx in 1 hr=0 pain! ...Read more

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Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

This is not: The same as a compression fracture. A compression fracture can result in anterior wedging, but not all anterior wedging is compression fracture. If there are up to 3 consecutive vertebral bodies with anterior wedging, then it may represent scheuermann's kyphosis which is a congenital osteodystrophy, that lead to vertebrae appearing wedged. Fracture is less likely given your age. See a specialist. ...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


Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Definition)

A vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15% to 20% in ...Read more