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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

No: Not necessarily. Some people with vertebral fractures don't have pain. The L1 fracture may be old therefore not causing you pain. ...Read more

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Treatments for a slight compression fracture of L1 and t12 vertebra?

Treatments for a slight compression fracture of L1 and t12 vertebra?

Brace and Rest: Generally at your age unless you are on high dose steroid for any reason, you will most likely heal from these fractures quickly. If the pain persists longer than 1 month I would consider an evaluation from a spine specialist to discuss your options. ...Read more

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I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

No: That is bad advice. You should not be confined to bed - you will become weak and the healing will be affected. First, find a new doctor. Second, ask about physical therapy or kyphoplasty (a fairly quick surgical procedure). Depending on the severity, one or the other may be indicated. ...Read more

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I'm over uneducated doctors. Can somebody lplease tell me wher I can go in melbourne southern suburbs who will listen to me and stop telling me things are normal, compression fracture l1. Sore at base of my spine I get that looks like evidence of palpable

Poor question: Please re-ask your question. Just because you have a L1 fracture doesn't mean you have a surgical problem or that someone can fix your back pain surgically. Please be more specific and try to provide details of your problems/pain/etc. I hope you find a md you are happy with. ...Read more

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Compression fracture of L1 L3 kyphoplasty no good bad osteoporosis chronic pain. Ms continue little to no relief any other pain med better for this?

Compression fracture of L1 L3 kyphoplasty no good bad osteoporosis chronic pain. Ms continue little to no relief any other pain med better for this?

See details: Are you under the care of a pain specialist? If not, consider seeing one. Morphine is very effective and it may be just a matter of altering the daily dose. Are you taking anything for the osteoporosis. Forteo is the drug of choice for severe osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Will a t12 spinal burst fracture cause reproductive failure for me, unable to conceive since accdent had L1 compression fracture also. Not paralyzed.

Will a t12 spinal burst fracture cause reproductive failure for me, unable to conceive since accdent had L1 compression fracture also. Not paralyzed.

Look for other cause: According to the national spinal cord injury assn, "many women who receive spinal cord injuries are in their childbearing years. Following a spinal cord injury (sci), there is no evidence that a woman's ability to conceive is affected.".

Pain and other symptoms from the fracture can produce stress that adversely affect fertility and conception. Work with your doctors to identify other causes. ...Read more

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4 weeks ago I fell and got a compression fracture at my t9 and L1 vertebrae. I was in the hospital & care facility for 2 weeks. Now I am home alone. Today I sat on the toilet and almost fainted w/pain. I am taking the max hydrocodone I can, but the pain is

4 weeks ago I fell and got a compression fracture at my t9 and L1 vertebrae. I was in the hospital & care facility for 2 weeks. Now I am home alone. Today I sat on the toilet and almost fainted w/pain. I am taking the max hydrocodone I can, but the pain is

Call doctor: I believe that a simple phone call to your physicians office or to his nurse on call maybe all that is needed as opposed to going and sitting in an emergency room for anywhere between 4 and 12 hours. You are already being given potent analgesics. What may need to be added from your description is a stool softener or recommendation to increase fiber in your diet. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I am 29/m, My MRI scan says I have a wedge compression fracture at L1 and L3-L4=12MM L4-L5=12MM. Rest all 13mm. Can I be able to take up sports?

I am 29/m, My MRI scan says I have a wedge compression fracture at L1 and L3-L4=12MM L4-L5=12MM. Rest all 13mm. Can I be able to take up sports?

Probably: If the compression fractures are old, then the limiting factor is how hard you can exercise. Try to start with swimming or reclining bicycle to build up your stamina. Ask your Doctor for advice. If these are acute injuries, then your Doctor needs to look for the cause. Except for traumatic injury, a person your age should not have compression fractures. ...Read more

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I have a compressed fracture of the L1 vertebrae it happend Tuesday I am in a back brace can I take a bath?

I have a compressed fracture of the L1 vertebrae it happend Tuesday I am in a back brace can I take a bath?

Probably: Whether or not you can remove the back brace depends on how severe the compression fracture. Unless very severe it should be OK but limit the time out of the brace till you see how you do. ...Read more

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Aged 80.he has compression fracture at D12.AND lumbar spondylosis. Now he is taking bed rest for past 15 days. How much time required complete recovery?

Aged 80.he has compression fracture at D12.AND lumbar spondylosis. Now he is taking bed rest for past 15 days. How much time required complete recovery?

Compression fracture: Most compression fractures heal in 4-8 weeks. Time, medication, and bracing can all help. Miacalcin (salmon calcitonin) spray can help heal and help pain. If any neurologic signs, he should see pcp. Procedures like vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty can offer significant relief as well. ...Read more

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Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Compression fracture: Compression fractures of the spine are most related to trauma and what happens is the vertebral body, a bony structure in your spine becomes "compression" or shortened in height due to a pressure from trauma that causes it to collagse. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

Vertebrae fracture: Front half of the vertebrae with a fracture causing collapse of the vertebrae. Should not exceed 20-30% loss of height or will require treatment. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of compression fracture?

Pain: Compression fractures are painful at the site of the fracture. Most heal on their own without any intervention. A brace can be worn for comfort to take the stress off of the fracture. If the pain does not go away on its own in a few months, then they can easily be treated as an outpatient with a very short surgery that has no recovery period and no activity restrictions after surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compression fracture?

Do 2 a compression: This is usually used in describing vertebral fx tho any bone can b fx by a compressive force as in fingers in a door. Spine is the usual. Can b from a fall, mva or in the osteoporotic by a sneeze or cough. The force downward on a vertebra exceeds its strength 2 resist $ & it collapses on itself. Measured by loss of height. There can b many more complicated types, these above r simple comp fxs. ...Read more

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With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

Worsening: The biggest concern with compression fractures is continued or worsening collapse of the vertebrae. Follow up with your neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

What should you do if you have a compression fracture in your back?

Brace.: Compression fractures are common in the older, more osteoporotic patients. For younger patients, it can be associated with a significant fall. Usually it can be managed by a brace.

But for some patients, with severe pain, cementing of the fractured bone (vertebroplasty) can have immediate pain relief. Ask your physician about the riskts. ...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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Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

Sure can be: Any vertebral fracture has the potential to be bad. Compression fractures, depending on the cause, can create lots of problems. Among them are pinched nerves with associated pain syndromes, loss of mobility and others. Depending on the situation, compression fractures can be heralds for more ominous things. You should be seeing a doctor for this, if you haven't already. ...Read more

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How do you treat nonunion compression fracture at t12?

Fracture: As mentioned, vertebral augmentation is an option in cases of compression fracture, usually performed in older patients, many of whom have osteoporosis. Bracing is another option. There are fractures, however, that are too severe to consider safe vertebral augmentation, and in that case, surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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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

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Has anyone had a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture?

Yes: I have performed many. Usually done for acute compression fractures less than 6- 8 weeks old and cancer involving the vertebral body which is very painful. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for a vertebral compression fracture?

Many factors: Some of the risk factors (example: your genetics) cannot be changed. Things you can include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity. Exercise that stresses your bones and muscles help maintain bone strength and can reduce the risk of falls. Avoiding situations that lead to falls also help. ...Read more

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How will having compression fracture affect me down the road?

How will having compression fracture affect me down the road?

Should be fine: Most people with a single compression fracture wil be able to function without much difficulty. Some patients a mild back ache but nothing that prevents them from doing most everything. If older people have multiple compression fractures from osteoporosis sometimes that can be debilitating. ...Read more

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What do you do to prevent a compression fracture in your back?

What do you do to prevent a compression fracture in your back?

Exercises: The best way to prevent the common form of this is to treat or prevent osteopenia and it is known exercises and maintainence of good muscle tone and strength helps in maintaining good bone stock. Older people are the most likely to have this problem. ...Read more

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I have a compression fracture, what does this mean, collapsed spine?

Depends on amount: The degree of collapse after a compression fracture depends on the location and the extent of compression; very minimal compression though painful may not lead to collapse especially in the toracic spine where ther rib cage would provide some degree of support. ...Read more

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How long does it take a slight compression fracture in t12 to recover?

About 3 months: It takes about 3 months to heal, though total healing may take 6 months or more. It is a process. Smoking, some drugs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen) can slow the process. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chronic compression fracture at t8 in back?

Old Crush Fracture: Chronic=happened 3-6 months ago. Compression=squished. Long bone Fx is usually like breaking a stick. A spine bone is a cylinder that can be crushed down usually more on one side. It's like sitting on a cardboard box & having it partially collapse.
AND, they usually heal nicely but are very painful and can take 1-3 months to heal.
Some docs do kyphoplasty which cements the Fx in 1 hr=0 pain! ...Read more

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Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

This is not: The same as a compression fracture. A compression fracture can result in anterior wedging, but not all anterior wedging is compression fracture. If there are up to 3 consecutive vertebral bodies with anterior wedging, then it may represent scheuermann's kyphosis which is a congenital osteodystrophy, that lead to vertebrae appearing wedged. Fracture is less likely given your age. See a specialist. ...Read more

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What core excersises are best to do when you have a compression fracture in t8?

What core excersises are best to do when you have a compression fracture in t8?

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

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Is it possible for someone as young as 18 to have vertebral compression fracture?

Yes: Some medical conditions and medications can weaken the bone prematurely, leading to fracture. Trauma can cause fractures at any age. ...Read more

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Why would a compression fracture at T12 show up on some xrays and not others. Ex: seen in Jan, not in Aug, then seen a year after that?

Angle of view: Depends on the bones/tissues in the way, severity of the break (/compression) and the angle of the x-ray beam. If only mildly compressed and a large person, could not be visualized. ...Read more

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What is a compression fracture of an ankle?

What is a compression fracture of an ankle?

When the fracture is: Caused by a compression injury i.E the bottom of the tibia smashing downward into the top of the talus or vice a versa...The joint is essentially compressed. ...Read more

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What is a compression fracture of your knee?

What is a compression fracture of your knee?

Usually produces sev: Compression fracture around the knee can be very painful and very disabling;it either occurs as a plateau fracture or an injry to the patella. In either case it needs to be evaluated by a orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small compression fracture of the spine?

What is the treatment for small compression fracture of the spine?

Conservative: Most osteoporotic compression fracture s will heal within 3 months. Treatment focuses on pain management and re building bone with calcium vitamin d and other medications. If pain persists after that amount of time there are other more to invasive approaches that can be tried to manage pain and disability. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a lumbar compression fracture from a lumbar compression deformity?

What distinguishes a lumbar compression fracture from a lumbar compression deformity?

The same: Lumbar compression deformity describes the appearance of a compression fracture on an imaging study. ...Read more

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What can I expect from having a compression fracture in my knee?

Depends: Compression fractures cause problems when there are deep, greater than 1cm and when the knee also has ligament injury or abnormal alignment. ...Read more

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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


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Compression Fracture (Definition)

A vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15% to 20% in ...Read more