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How serious is a superior end plate compression fracture at t12 in the spine?

How serious is a superior end plate compression fracture at t12 in the spine?

Can be: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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I have back pain from a t12 compression fracture and it was six months ago. How long before it heals?

I have back pain from a t12 compression fracture and it was six months ago. How long before it heals?

Other: It should have healed if it were going to. It might need consideration for further progression or need for treatment. A minimally invasive outpatient kyphoplasty is sometimes necessary for treatment, if conservative treatment fails. Rarely more severe reconstructive surgery. ...Read more

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Compression fracture of my t12 when I was 15. Its healed but I still have terrible back pain 11 years later and gets really bad. What would cause this?

Compression fracture of my t12 when I was 15. Its healed but I still have terrible back pain 11 years later and gets really bad. What would cause this?

Spine specialist: Seek out a physiatrist with fellowship interventional spine training (or other spine specialist) that can evaluate you.

You have to see if the pain is actually at the t12 level or if it's higher or lower. The facet joints behind where the bone is compressed get added compressive forces after a significant vertebral body fracture. Or, this may be simply myofascial pain. ...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 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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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 are treatment options for a compression fracture of t12?

What are treatment options for a compression fracture of t12?

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. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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I have a T12 compression fracture with a piece of bone "hanging out." It has been one and 1/2 months since the injury. Is it too early to start PT?

I have a T12 compression fracture with a piece of bone "hanging out." It has been one and 1/2 months since the injury. Is it too early to start PT?

Compression fracture: A compression fracture in the thoracic or lumbar spine will generally heal in 6-8 weeks but can take longer. If a patient of mine is not having much pain at six weeks I would consider letting her begin outpatient Physical Therapy. If she were tender in the area of the fracture or having pain with bending or twisting then I would wait another month or so!! ...Read more

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Treatments for a slight compression fracture of L1 and t12 vertebra?

Brace and Rest: Generally at your age unless you are on high dose steroid for any reason, you will most likely heal from these fractures quickly. If the pain persists longer than 1 month I would consider an evaluation from a spine specialist to discuss your options. ...Read more

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I had a compression fracture t12 8 weeks ago. My physiotherapist said in 6 months I can run again but today my doctor said I could already now?

Possible: You're young and should heal relatively quickly, so if the compression fracture was mild and x-rays have been stable and you've been pain free, then I'm not surprised your doctor is allowing you to run. Use common sense though - don't overdo it, and back off if you experience pain. ...Read more

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I fell off my m'bike. I have compression fracture t12 vertebra (25% loss of height) how long will it take to heal? The Thai doctor said three weeks.

About right: Assuming you are healthy and a non-smoker that is a reasonable timeframe. Could take up to 6 weeks. Avoid high impact activities or heavy lifting. ...Read more

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Physical therapy what is needed had t12 compression fracture no osteporosis pain when walking?

Physical therapy what is needed had t12 compression fracture no osteporosis pain when walking?

Followup: Compression fractures usually heal over a 8-12 week period but can cause pain up through about 6 months. Physical therapy is not an intervention used commonly to treat fracture pain, which is usually activity related. You may either have to give it more time or arrange followup to make sure pain us not coming from something else. We also can do kyphoplasty for persistent pain from vcf. ...Read more

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I suffered of a compression fracture t12 6 weeks ago. I never really felt a lot of pain. When will I probably be able to run and play soccer again?

3 months to heal: Compression fractures typically require about 3 months to heal. The first 6-8 weeks will get them healed up to 90%, but plan on about 3 months for nearly 100% healing. After 3 months, you should be able to progress your activity; slowly and steadily. ...Read more

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Will a t12 spinal burst fracture cause reproductive failure for me, unable to conceive since accdent had L1 compression fracture also. Not paralyzed.

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

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My daughter has a t12 compression fracture. Went to ER, appointment with orthopedic tomorrow. Can she get up and walk around or remain on bed rest?

My daughter has a t12 compression fracture. Went to ER, appointment with orthopedic tomorrow. Can she get up and walk around or remain on bed rest?

Rest willhelp: Your daughter with T12 compression fracture must be having pain while making movements, The bed rest may lessen her pain. As you are going to see orthopedic doctor tomorrow, ask him and do as he advises. ...Read more

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I am 44, female, had a fall resulting in a T12 compression fracture. CT scan also identified T8-T11 comp. Fractures due to scholiosis what should I do?

I am 44, female, had a fall resulting in a T12 compression fracture. CT scan also identified T8-T11 comp. Fractures due to scholiosis what should I do?

Be followed: You would certainly want to be followed and treated for this injury. Treatment would usually involve the use of a brace until healing occurs or, if it becomes particularly debilitating, a kyphoplsty can be a consideration as well. Once you are feeling better, getting a dexa scan to evaluate your bone density would be appropriate. ...Read more

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How serious is a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?

How serious is a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?

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

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What do they do for an older person that falls and has a compression fracture in their lower spine?

Conservative: Initial treatment is conservative including pain control and physical therapy. If this fails after a few weeks, then a kyphoplasty could be indicated. ...Read more

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For how long would a compression fracture of the spine take to heal for a very healthy 85 year old woman?

For how long would a compression fracture of the spine take to heal for a very healthy 85 year old woman?

3 months: I usually recommend a brace when out of bed or kyphoplasty if the patient is in severe pain or not improving with time. Check out spine-health. Com. ...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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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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I'm a 31-year-old male with osteoporosis and compression fracture L4 disk spine?

Unusual: It is very unusual for a 31 year old to have osteoporosis and so a full endocrine workup would be indicated to find the underlying cause.; otherwise you might be at high risk for further fractures. ...Read more

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What is usual treatment for stable compression fracture of spine t 6 in elderly?

What is usual treatment for stable compression fracture of spine t 6 in elderly?

VCF Older: For any low energy fracture, nonsurgical treatment is fine. Allowing increased activity as pain allows is the answer. The first 3 weeks are toughest with decrease in pain as the bone heals (which it does 70% of the time). Osteoporosis eval is mandatory to prevent more fractures. Kyphoplasty is an excellent and fast solution if pain persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

No: Not necessarily. Some people with vertebral fractures don't have pain. The L1 fracture may be old therefore not causing you pain. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a compression fracture of the 5th lumbar spine?

What is the treatment for a compression fracture of the 5th lumbar spine?

Take it easy: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

Unlikely: Spinal compression fractures in people with normal bone density (like 16 yo males) are usually due to fall from height or rapid deceleration. They are also very painful. You probably just strained some muscles. Ice down your back for 20 minutes and avoid lifting for a couple of days. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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