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How To Heal A Fractured Vertebrae
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
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
About 6 weeks: This should heal in 6 - 8 weeks, barring any complications. ...Read more
6 - 12 weeks: Vertebral fractures typically heal over the course of 6 - 12 weeks. What most patients really want to know, though, is when their pain will resolve, which can be anywhere from 2 weeks to over 12 weeks. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical option for patients with persistent debilitating pain from a vertebral compression fracture. ...Read more
3+ months: Fractures of C2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All C2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more
How long does it take a minor uncomplicated no loss of height vertebral end plate fracture to heal?
I have a hairline fracture on my neck, the 2nd vertabrae to be exact, how long do you thing it would take to heal?
8-12 weeks: An fracture of the C2 vertebrae, depending on the area involved, typically takes 8-12 weeks to heal and will need to be followed closely to make sure it does not displace. ...Read more
How long does it take for a C2 vertabrae fracture to heal, my son fractured the vertabrae in his neck back in may, now he is experiencing numbness.?
Contact neuro: Of course the numbness could be due to a number of issues, but a neuropathy or other issue stemming from the fracture would be the most concerning. I would call the neurosurgeon immediately, first thing in the am, and discuss this with their nurse, to get proper testing and evaluation done. This is not one you can wait on. ...Read more
Yes: Depending on the type of fracture. It may or may not require surgical intervention. See an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes.: You can, but the two are unrelated. ...Read more
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
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!
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
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
6-8 weeks: In general, the vertebral bodies should show significant healing in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
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
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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