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Doctor insights on: Fractured Vertebrae Recovery Time

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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's a typical healing time for a lower back vertebrae compression fracture?

What's a typical healing time for a lower back vertebrae compression fracture?

6-8 weeks: In general, the vertebral bodies should show significant healing in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a fractured vertebrae cause severe leg pain upon walking?

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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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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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 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

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Can osteoporosis or osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the vertebrae?

Can osteoporosis or osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the vertebrae?

Yes: Osteopenia or osteoporosis can cause vertebral compression fractures, which can be spontaneous. Also, trauma can cause these fractures. ...Read more

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What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

Supportive therapy: Usually, compression fractures heal with medication and physical therapy. Some fractures are treated with injections or surgery. ...Read more

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My son fractured L1 & L5 vertebrae and is experiencing upper body tremors. We have had head, neck, and back MRI to rule out other injuries.

My son fractured L1 & L5 vertebrae and is experiencing upper body tremors. We have had head, neck, and back MRI to rule out other injuries.

Upper Body Tremors: Hello. No previous history prior to fractures of upper body tremors? What did his MRIs show specifically of his neck? Did he have one of his thoracic spine? Do tremors involve arms AND chest (torso)? Is this the 1st time he has taken Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)? Tremor can be seen with Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) but it is RARE. Tremors usually occur with overdose of Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Is he taking any narcotics too for pain control? ...Read more

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Compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae. How would this be fixed?

Compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae. How would this be fixed?

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. It usually takes 3 months to heal. Some fractures require surgical stabilization. In the elderly, if conservative measures fail, a kyphoplasty may be an option. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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My knees hurt after a back fracture in t9 vertebrae. Are they related?

Unlikely unless: You were left with an unbalanced spine or if there was any nerve involvement. Perhaps the way in which the back was injured also injured the knees but you and your doctors were more focused on the spine fracture and its immediate care and treatment ...Read more

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I'm having a lot. Of pain in my compression T3 (liothyronine) fracture, but its 11 months sinse I fractured it. Could I have fractured another vertebrae? I haven't fe

I'm having a lot. Of pain in my compression T3 (liothyronine) fracture, but its 11 months sinse I fractured it. Could I have fractured another vertebrae? I haven't fe

This could be more: Muscular if fracture healed in a position that has you slightly more bent or rounded forward as the weight of your head is now forward rather than more balanced over your body. To have a fracture there would suggest that you do not have good bone density or that there may be another underlying issue with your bones. The fracture should have healed but could re fracture or have another-see doc. ...Read more

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How can I help my 89 year old mother with compression fracture of the vertebrae not be in such pain?

How can I help my 89 year old mother with compression fracture of the vertebrae not be in such pain?

Stabilizes fracture: Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It relieves the pain by stabilizing the fracture. Check out kyphon. Com. ...Read more

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Mri says coccyx incomplete fracture on 2° vertebrae. After two weeks I am not able to walk or stay for more then 5 minutes. Is it possible?

Mri says coccyx incomplete fracture on 2° vertebrae. After two weeks I am not able to walk or stay for more then 5 minutes. Is it possible?

Yes: Probably you landed in a fall, fracture of coccyx will heal with time on their own speak to your doctor, in couple of wks you will be fine. ...Read more