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Doctor insights on: Vertebral Compression Fracture In Children

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Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

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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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

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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What increases my risk for a vertebral compression fracture?

Many factors: Some of the 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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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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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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How can you sleep with a vertebral compression fracture?

How can you sleep with a vertebral compression fracture?

Usual way: Nothing special to do. Just find a position that is most comfortable. Since being in bed is not weight bearing, it is safe. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an 18 year old to have a vertebral compression fracture ?

Is it possible for an 18 year old to have a vertebral compression fracture ?

Yes: Technically, a compression fracure is simply a fracture of the anterior column of the spine. What would be very unlikely, however, would be for an 18 year old to have an osteoporotic compression fracture, which is the most common cause of compression fractures in patients over 50. If she does have a compression fracture after minor trauma, other potential causes should be sought. Thank you. ...Read more

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Wat this means, a compression fracture involving T11 which involve greater than 50 percent vertebral body heights.Multilevel degenerative disease.

Wat this means, a compression fracture involving T11 which involve greater than 50 percent vertebral body heights.Multilevel degenerative disease.

Compression fracture: This means you have a fracture of the vertebrae that has decreased the height of the t11 vertebrae by 50%+. The multilevel degenerative disease would suggest arthritis in multiple vertebral levels of the spine. ...Read more

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Pros and cons of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture?

Pros and cons of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture?

Brace: 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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Compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae. How would this be fixed?

Compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae. How would this be fixed?

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. It usually takes 3 months to heal. Some fractures require surgical stabilization. In the elderly, if conservative measures fail, a kyphoplasty may be an option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a compression fracture in the t12 vertebrae ?

What is the treatment for a compression fracture in the t12 vertebrae ?

Options: Kyphoplasty- but you're too young vertebroplasty- you're too young brace- jewitt or tlso brace to allow healing and keep the spine aligned, prevent collapse. ...Read more

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What's a typical healing time for a lower back vertebrae compression fracture?

6-8 weeks: In general, the vertebral bodies should show significant healing in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

What is done if you have compression fracture of L4 vertebrae due to osteoporosis?

Supportive therapy: Usually, compression fractures heal with medication and physical therapy. Some fractures are treated with injections or surgery. ...Read more

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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