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Could thoracic compression fractures be caused gradually by carrying heavy weight on top of the spine?

Could thoracic compression fractures be caused gradually by carrying heavy weight on top of the spine?

Not really: They usually follow trauma, which may B minor in people with osteoporosis, such as a misstep, cough, sneeze. Those with young bone & strong bone will need a more forceful trauma. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Are vertebral compression fractures common?

Are vertebral compression fractures common?

Yes: They occur in older patients usually due to osteoporosis. Women are affected 6:1 compared to men. ...Read more

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Compression fractures in spine, what to do?

Compression fractures in spine, what to do?

See a specialist: A spine specialist can provide a thorough evaluation and give you advice on your best treatment options. ...Read more

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How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

Fracture: These are usually treated with a brace to stabilize the area until it heals (at least 6 weeks) Sometimes special cement can be injected with a surgical procedure to treat the fracture (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

Yes: Mri scan is the most accurate test. Pain over the fracture site is the most useful physical finding. ...Read more

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Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's ability to heal or recover. Compression fractures usually result from an injury. ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

Yes: 60% probably need some form of treatment. Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful. ...Read more

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