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Fractured spine. So worried. Help!?

Fractured spine. So worried. Help!?

See spine specialist: You need to see a spine specialist to determine the nature of fracture and proper treatment requirement. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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What pt would make my fractured spine worse?

What pt would make my fractured spine worse?

Most helpful: Especially if ordered by your physician, physical therapy (pt) is very important for healing from many injuries including broken backs. If being done on your own, it is critical to ask what kinds of exercises and activities are safe. The more stable the fracture (the less it can move), the safer therapy can be. If surgery was needed, pt almost always needed to regain function. ...Read more

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What can make a fractured spine worse?

What can make a fractured spine worse?

Early Movements: What make some fractures in the spine worse, if we do not know how to handle them in the accident seen or in the early stage of healing? Other issues could make them worse if the patient do not follow directions very well. ...Read more

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What can you do about a fractured spine?

What can you do about a fractured spine?

Depends on: Severity. The major issues are stability and cord impingement. If a spine is unstable, it will need surgical correction. If it is a stable fracture, it will depend on where the fracture is and your overall health as to what the treatment options are. If the spinal cord is threatened or damage, this also can require surgery. I hope this helps and best of luck! ...Read more

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What is fractured spine vs back? What all breaks?

What is fractured spine vs back? What all breaks?

Same thing sort of: The spine refers to the bones that go from the skull to the end of the spine called the coccyx (tailbone), so a fractured spine is actually a fractured/broken back. The location is important as some back fractures are worse and more dangerous than others. The body of the bone can break (compression fracture) or the spinous process or "wings" to the side of these bones can break, or the connections. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a fractured spine?

How do doctors treat a fractured spine?

Take it easy: 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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If you have a fractured spine can you have sex again?

If you have a fractured spine can you have sex again?

Yes: A fracture to the bone of the spine by itself has no neurologic effects. Injury to the spinal cord can cause diminished sexual function. ...Read more

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Could a punch to the back cause a fractured spine? Or not likely?

Not likely: But possible. Fractures of the transverse processes for the lumbar vertebrae can occur from direct trauma. Usually a fist punch can't generate enough force to cause this but it can happen sometimes. Best to get checked out. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of the pain from a fractured spine?

See spine specialist: You need to see a spine specialist to determine the nature of fracture and proper treatment requirement. ...Read more

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How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

Depends: The bones take about 12 weeks to heal enough to take normal loads, though "minor" injuries may not need much protection. If there is injury to the nearby soft tissues (brain, spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, disks, muscles) the recovery could be more complex and lengthy. The severity of the bone injury also impacts recovery. ...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