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Medicine For Spinal Compression Fracture
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 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
See below please: Compression fracture when the vertebrae break in certain way. Compression deformity is the deformity it happen to the spine sequence to that. ...Read more
Would lifting moderately heavy things be a likely cause of a spinal compression fracture in someone who is healthy (ie no osteoporosis)?
Docs, could a small spinal compression fracture blend with schmorl's nodes and be missed in diagnostic imaging?
Not likely: A small compression fracture will eventually heal and should not be the cause of your pain ...Read more
Yes: Compression fracture of the spine is when the vertebral body (bone of the spine) has collapsed on itself. While the bone may heal, the loss of height of the bone is usually still seen and an should be apparent on CT imaging if that bone is included on the exam. However may need to have images reviewed in the sagittal and coronal planes for it to be seen. ...Read more
Yes.: That is the most common cause.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible for osteoporosis or osteopenia to cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?
What is the treatment for subacute superior endplate compression fracture of L1; already have a spinal fusion from T10-L2 with Wilson Plates in 1980?
Have compression fracture at t10 for over 6 yrs. About once a mth I get back pain, chest pain and headache from this area, help was diagnosed with compression fracture at t10, and have had two spinal shots, about 5-6 yrs ago. Most of the time I am fine,
I: I agree that the jaw pain is not related to the spine fracture. Chronic back pain is fairly common. Maintaining ideal body weight, keeping good posture habits, regular stretching and exercise program, having a good mattress, putting pillows under knees at night to keep them bent are excellent measures to decrease or avoid flare ups. I personally like acupuncture and the use of interferential unit for these cases. Try to avoid the use of narcotics since it adds way too many problems including constipation, tolerance, chemical dependency and many other unintended consequences. ...Read more
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
Yes, over months: A compression fracture happens when a bone of the vertebral column partially collapses. The cubical shape of the bone deforms into a wedge shape on 1 side. The bone will heal over time with the wedge deformity but that usually causes the injured to have a small loss of height which is permanent without surgery. ...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. It usually takes 3 months to heal. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more
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
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
Fracture: No. Compression fractures usually refer to injuries to the spine. When you are younger this can usually be a result of significant trauma. As we get older and the bones become weaker a compression fracture can result from osteoporosis. Stress fractures on the other hand can involve any bone in the body and occur as a result of overuse and stress. ...Read more
Usual way: Nothing special to do. Just find a position that is most comfortable. Since being in bed is not weight bearing, it is safe. ...Read more
Depends: If the pain can be controlled by medications and activity restrictions, then non surgical management is best. But if the person is in severe pain, a vertebral augmentation procedure such as a kyphoplasty can be highly successful. While we do not take operating on patients in their 90s lightly, elderly patients can least afford to be laid up in severe pain. Thank you. ...Read more
3 months: The average time needed for a vertebral compression fracture to heal is 3 months. Radiation does not help. ...Read more
Possibly: Can't know for certain without more information., if the spine is stable, a brace can hold alignment until the fracture stabilizes, sometimes 'glue' injections to the fractured vertebra may work as well. Seek guidance from a neurosurgeon who will look at MRI and X rays to best advise you, mother get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon if desired. ...Read more
Its a minor surgery: Vertebroplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that is done with conscious sedation and local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The complication rate is very low. There is typically minimal blood loss. Otherwise healthy patients can usually go home about an hour after the procedure. ...Read more
Yes: Technically, a compression fracure is simply a fracture of the anterior column of the spine. What would be very unlikely, however, would be for an 18 year old to have an osteoporotic compression fracture, which is the most common cause of compression fractures in patients over 50. If she does have a compression fracture after minor trauma, other potential causes should be sought. Thank you. ...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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