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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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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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?

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?

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?

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 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?

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 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 an 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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What is a compression fracture?

What is a compression fracture?

Collapse of bone: Typically, refers to collapse of a vertebra in the spinal column. Occurs from trauma and associated with osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How is compression fracture diagnosed?

How is compression fracture diagnosed?

Imaging: X-rays, ct, MRI or bone scan. All are imaging modalities that can assist with the diagnosis of a spine fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Definition)

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