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My bf having back and chest fracture. Till how much time he cannot drive to long kilometres?

My bf having back and chest fracture. Till how much time he cannot drive to long kilometres?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the fractures, he may not be able to drive long distances for upwards of 6 -12 weeks, mainly because of the associated pain as well as the frequent turning/twisting that is required when driving. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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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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,

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

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Fractured vertebrae in the thoracic vertebrae, can this be fixed?

Fractured vertebrae in the thoracic vertebrae, can this be fixed?

Yes: Depending on the type of fracture. It may or may not require surgical intervention. See an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up against the spinal cord; if there is numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs should be evaluated by a specialist. There can also be minor breaks in other parts of the bone that usually heal without problem. ...Read more

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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

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I had an Mri done of my Thoracic and my Lunbar region after I was in a rear end collision, it shows that i have 5 Endplate fractures with out bone mar?

I had an Mri done of my Thoracic and my Lunbar region after I was in a rear end collision, it shows that i have 5 Endplate fractures with out bone mar?

Unusual: You did not finish your question. Presumably you were going to say you had 5 end plate fractures without bone marrow edema. If that is the case, that indicates they are old. It is just it is hard to imagine a 30 year old would have that. It may be a nontraumatic finding such as we see in scheuermanns disease. Hard to say more without looking at films. Be sure to review with your orthopedic. ...Read more

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Can 11 mnths of untreated, undiagnosed, healing of multiple thoracic fractures w/ lig. Dmg to ant, post, l. Flavum, w/ kyphosis be corrected surgically?

No: By this time the fractures are healed. Therefore no indication for surgical correction unless there is another reason like spinal stenosis or disc herniation with radicular symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for an active person in the mid-30s to have mild thoracic degenerative disk disease?No known trauma.Xray also showed old fractured ribs?

No worries: The appearance of the thoracic spine on an MRI may be much different than how you actually feel. There are many published studies that have shown that 20-40% of subjects without symptoms may have positive findings on MRI studies in your age category. Stay active and don't worry. ...Read more

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What core excersises are best to do when you have a compression fracture in your thoracic level 8 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

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I am curious if the term "unremarkable" in this xray is good or bad? Above normal ? Also any other impressions from this ? Findings: the thoracic vertebral bodies are unremarkable in height and alignment. There is no verterbral body fracture or significan

Good: Since a radiologist or other physician reading an x-ray would be remiss if he/she didn't "remark" on any abnormality, if a study or area is unremarkable it can be considered lacking abnormalities. The reading you referenced reads normal height and alignment of the thoracic vertebrae. That is a good thing. ...Read more

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