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Running After A Compression Fracture
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quite often: Could start as a simple pain. Please see doctor, because is not that simple to diagnose and treat pain. ...Read more
Many factors: Some 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Yes: Some medical conditions and medications can weaken the bone prematurely, leading to fracture. Trauma can cause fractures at any age. ...Read more
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?
It's been 1yr since I got a t12 compression fracture. After tough physical activities I get pain in that area. Should i be rechecked or is this normal?
Pain is normal. : It's not uncommon to have ached and pains in old injury sites. Don't make too much of it. ...Read more
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 an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
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
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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