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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Is my insomnia linked to fractured vertebrae?

Is my insomnia linked to fractured vertebrae?

Pain?: Poorly controlled pain is a common reason for inability to sleep. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a fractured vertebrae heal itself?

Please tell me, could a fractured vertebrae heal itself?

Yes: Yes, a fractured vertebrae can "heal itself". The question is rather is it in good alignment that it we heal without chronic pain resulting from it, and is there anything about the nature of the injury that would put you at risk for neurological sequela. For that we would need to examine you directly and look at the scans of your specific fracture. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with none fragments in lower back? Fractured L3 & 4 in 2004.

How can I exercise with none fragments in lower back? Fractured L3 & 4 in 2004.

? none fragments: Maybe known fragments
2004 is a long time ago would be ok to try exercise that is low impact and very gradually progress / might want to get some new xrays / might want to work with a good personal trainer try water aerobics

good luck. ...Read more

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I fractured my L3 transverse process, I'm a fit and well athlete, how long is the general recovery for such an injury?

I fractured my L3 transverse process, I'm a fit and well athlete, how long is the general recovery for such an injury?

Usually caused by-: -sig trauma, so the Fx is of no concern, depends on how tough U R. But the damage that come with the injury may Bmore restrictive. It only muscle strain & pain is the limiting factor. ...Read more

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Fractured vertebrae in the thoracic vertebrae, can this be fixed?

Yes: Depending on the type of fracture. It may or may not require surgical intervention. See an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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6 fractured vertebrae after falling 15 feet still in pain this happened in November is this normal?

6 fractured vertebrae after falling 15 feet still in pain this happened in November is this normal?

No: A benign fracture of the vertebrae should heal in that period of time;although if the musculoligamentouss structures are "weakened", that could result in continued pain-would recommend return tonirthopedist for additional x-rays to make sure nothing has changed, and if ok then intensive physical therapy ...Read more

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Does the term "broken back" refer to disc herniation, or individual vertebrae being fractured, or both?

Does the term "broken back" refer to disc herniation, or individual vertebrae being fractured, or both?

Bone: Bone fracture compression, flexion distraction common spine fracture medical broken back is a bone injury or disruption of normal spine alignment I personally don't use broken back to describe disc abnormalities eons exception the chance fracture is mostly a soft tissue flexion distraction injury. ...Read more

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Fractured L3 transverse process 8 weeks ago. No pain 95% of time but lying down can have 'tweak'.If I start back horse riding now can I do more damage?

No. These heal no---: -MATTER WHAT U DO. TRY IT & IF IT HRTS, WAIT A FEW DAYS & HAVE @ IT AGAIN. EVENTUALLY THE PAIN WILL SUBSIDE. ...Read more

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Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Yes: Yes, you likely should not have any problem conceiving or having a child solely based on your spinal surgery/fracture, as vertebral fractures don't affect the shape/morphology of you pelvic inlet/outlet. However, you have to discuss this with a spine surgeon in your area. They may need to evaluate you, and then review your post-operative images and any residual symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a fractured vertebrae cause severe leg pain upon walking?

Yes: If the fracture is causing compression or irritation to a nerve root in the lumbar spine it will cause "sciatica" or nerve pain in the leg. ...Read more

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Are vertebral crush fractures caused by the collapse of weakened vertebrae? What causes the collapse?

Are vertebral crush fractures caused by the collapse of weakened vertebrae? What causes the collapse?

Yes: Two variables are bone strength and compressive energy applied the weaker the bone the less energy required to crush vertebra low energy fractures are in weak bone ...Read more

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Can a 31 year old male go back to work when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and?

Can a 31 year old male go back to work when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and?

Hopefully: After healing, the bone should get back to normal strength. Recovery from a spine fracture and back surgery depends on the degree of injury, your own healing process, determination in rehabilitation, luck, and what type of work and activity you are trying to get back to!! I have patients who have returned to full normal activity in physically demanding jobs, but others were not able to. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello I recently found out I have a fractured theoretic vertebrae and the doctors said to check for swelling how do I tell if its swollen of not?

Hello I recently found out I have a fractured theoretic vertebrae and the doctors said to check for swelling how do I tell if its swollen of not?

If U mean thoracic-: -the advice U were given & U didn't hear it wrong, it's not worth anything. All 1 needs 2 do is B followed by a spine specialist, so my advice is 2 find 1 now & make an appointment. They would B able 2 give U proper advice as 2 treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have serious complications from the fracture in my vertebrae?

Spine Specialist: If you have sustained a fractured vertebra and are concerned that you are still having problems related to the fracture seek the care of a specialist. You have one of two options: 1.) a neurosurgeon or 2.) an orthopedist who has done a spine fellowship receiving additional training in treatment of spine related issues. Either or highly skilled in conditions related to treatment of the vertebra.. ...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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What is transverse process fracture of l2&l3 how long to heal?

What is transverse process fracture of l2&l3 how long to heal?

These are Fx of the: Side arms (so as to speak) of the vertebral body. They heal rather well, and do not require any specific treatment as such. They usually heal in 6-10 weeks. ...Read more

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What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin?

If U R on adequate-: -replacement, not the cause even low or high thyroid levels would have no effect. Also compression fractures would have the opposite effect due 2 pain. C Ur PCP & look for the cause. ...Read more

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I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

Ask doctor: By all means ask the doctor caring for you. In consideration are what your job involves and how well healed you are and what physical limitations this has left you with. ...Read more

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One year after I fractured my L3 L4 transverse process I am having numbness and weakness in left leg. Is this a small problem or should I worry?

Worry: Your symptoms indicate that you likely have a radiculopathy, which means a nerve root to your leg is not functioning correctly. This could be caused by a herniated disc caused by your injury, a piece of bone (either a piece of broken bone or a bone spur) or even a shift of the bones you injured (called spondylolisthesis) with respect to one another. See a board certified spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have osteoporosis how long does it take to recover from a spinal fracture of L3?

I have osteoporosis how long does it take to recover from a spinal fracture of L3?

2-3 months: More importantly, you need a bone density & blood tests including vitamin D level followed by treatment for osteoporosis in order to avoid more fractures. Your L3 fracture may be treated with a brace or Kyphoplasty.
Take vitamin D and keep your level around 50 or greater. ...Read more

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L4 wedge fracture, bulging throughout back, l3-l4 herniation. Awaiting surgical consult. What can I expect?

L4 wedge fracture, bulging throughout back, l3-l4 herniation. Awaiting surgical consult. What can I expect?

Lumbar. Fracture: Treatment depends upon whether the fracture is stable or not and amount of compromise of The spinal canal or neuroforamen. Expect a thorough physical exam, ct scan and MRI. If you already have some neuro compromise there may be use of medication to lessen the ongoing damage. Of course brace and activity limitation is critical ...Read more

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Fractured t10 vertebrae 8 months ago. No degree of healing on X-rays. Bone density tested but I'm only 25. Is there other possibilities as to why?

Fractured t10 vertebrae 8 months ago. No degree of healing on X-rays. Bone density tested but I'm only 25. Is there other possibilities as to why?

A traumatic: Fracture can occur with normal bone density. Did you have significant trauma? Patients with abnormally low bone density are at risk for stress and insufficiency fractures, but anyone can get a fracture from trauma. Once a vertebral body sustains a compression fracture, it never regains its normal height. It will heal maintaining the compression deformity. ...Read more

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Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said I might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said I might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Cant refuse: In the us, you can not be refused emergent medical treatment in an emergency room. That being said, the er doctor might not have thought your condition necessitated an emergent mri. ...Read more

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What does compression deformity to the endplate of L3 and suspected compression deformity to T12 mean are these fractures radiologist said no fracture?

What does compression deformity to the endplate of L3 and suspected compression deformity to T12 mean are these fractures radiologist said no fracture?

Sounds like: Chronic mild compression fractures of T12 and L3. Also sounds like no NEW fractures. May need a DEXA scan to check your bone mineral density. Your primary care or Gyn doctor can help you with this. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a hairline fracture in 2 vertebrae, why am I not paralyzed?

No spinal cord injur: The reason you are not paralyzed is because your spinal cord is not involved. Injury to the spinal cord is what causes paralyzation. Hairline fractures are small and do not typically involve the entire bone, in the spine, they do not involve the spinal cord. Rest and time, physical therapy are usually the treatments for hairline fractures, depending on where they are and severity. ...Read more

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Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back?

Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back?

Depends: I would sure check with your personal physician. If you have had a fusion at L4 and it is well healed, there are not typically any restrictions with that. Push-ups can usually be done in patients with osteoporosis as well, as long as it is not too severe. Your doctor would know more about your individual case. ...Read more