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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
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
Help please? How much force does it take to cause a compression fracture in a healthy lumbar vertebra?
What core excersises are best to do when you have a compression fracture in your thoracic level 8 vertebra?
Weight bearing: Wait til the acute pain has subsided. Any weight bearing exercise, such as walking, strengthens the bones. Be sure you have enough vitamin d in your diet. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin d level. There is alot of variability in an individual's requirements for vitamin d. An alkaline diet--lots of veggies--is also good for your bones. ...Read more
Yes: It help if you could not do it yourself. ...Read more
PT: Is a good start and they can give you a home program. ...Read more
Strengthen extensor: Strengthening the spinal extensors will be the most effective to maintain posture as well preventing collapse; it is always good to strengthen the abdominals also as the trunk works better when the whole circumference of the the cylinder(the vertebrae and all the muscles) are functioning well. Do wait to really push yourself till the pain of the fracture has stsarted to settle. ...Read more
What to do if I have a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?
Herniated disc: The pain from a herniated disc in the neck will improve with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, neck exercises, and physical therapy. Cervical traction can reduce the radiating arm pain. Cortisone injections and nerve blocks can reduce neck and arm pain also. A neck brace reduces range of motion and often increases the pain. The pain should resolve within six weeks. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
You need to get help: Patients with suspected or possible cervical spine injury must have their cervical spine properly immobilized until formal evaluation can be performed. Secondary injury can and does occur if cervical spine is not immobilized appropriately, or done with the wrong technique. In case of an emergency, don't re-position head, it's best to call 911 & await trained experts to perform the immobilization. ...Read more
How do they do a midfoot fusion when they feel screws will fall out due to multiple comminuted fractures?
Midfoot fusions: Midfoot fusions are a common surgical treatment for comminuted fractures of the midfoot. If there is a large bony defect that worries the surgeon, bone grafts can be placed at the sites of the defects. This can promote healing and prevent hardware failure. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually from some: Type of injury like a fall or by getting hit by something or someone ranging from sports to a car accident. Sometimes the fracture occurs without trauma with an underlying problem occuring within the bone such as from a tumor, an infection, secondary to use of certain medications or even due to poor diet, smoking, malabsorption problems, metabolic condtions like osteoporosis or thyroid issue. ...Read more
How long do you have to avoid school with peroneal sublaxtion tendon surgery? What is it like? Casting? Painful?
Peroneal subluxation: The surgery to re groove the fibula and possibly repair the tendon would require 4-6 weeks of healing and non weight bearing- no walking. Followed by 3-4 weeks maybe longer if physical therapy. If you are taking pain medications then school would be out. If can use crutches at school then maybe 1-2 weeks after surgery. Casting or a cast boot. Pain is related to spasms ...Read more
Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more
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
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