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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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 should I do if I have serious complications from the fracture in my vertebrae?

What should I do if I have serious complications from the fracture in my vertebrae?

Spine Specialist: If you have sustained a fractured vertebra and are concerned that you are still having problems related to the fracture seek the care of a specialist. You have one of two options: 1.) a neurosurgeon or 2.) an orthopedist who has done a spine fellowship receiving additional training in treatment of spine related issues. Either or highly skilled in conditions related to treatment of the vertebra.. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a fractured vertebrae heal itself?

Yes: Yes, a fractured vertebrae can "heal itself". The question is rather is it in good alignment that it we heal without chronic pain resulting from it, and is there anything about the nature of the injury that would put you at risk for neurological sequela. For that we would need to examine you directly and look at the scans of your specific fracture. ...Read more

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Can a fractured vertebrae cause severe leg pain upon walking?

Can a  fractured vertebrae cause severe leg pain upon walking?

Yes: If the fracture is causing compression or irritation to a nerve root in the lumbar spine it will cause "sciatica" or nerve pain in the leg. ...Read more

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Are vertebral crush fractures caused by the collapse of weakened vertebrae? What causes the collapse?

Are vertebral crush fractures caused by the collapse of weakened vertebrae? What causes the collapse?

Yes: Two variables are bone strength and compressive energy applied the weaker the bone the less energy required to crush vertebra low energy fractures are in weak bone ...Read more

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Hello i recently found out i have a fractured theoretic vertebrae and the doctors said to check for swelling how do i tell if its swollen of not ?

Hello i recently found out i have a fractured theoretic vertebrae and the doctors said to check for swelling how do i tell if its swollen of not ?

If U mean thoracic-: -the advice U were given & U didn't hear it wrong, it's not worth anything. All 1 needs 2 do is B followed by a spine specialist, so my advice is 2 find 1 now & make an appointment. They would B able 2 give U proper advice as 2 treatment. ...Read more

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Is my insomnia linked to fractured vertebrae?

Pain?: Poorly controlled pain is a common reason for inability to sleep. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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6 fractured vertebrae after falling 15 feet still in pain this happened in November is this normal?

6 fractured vertebrae after falling 15 feet still in pain this happened in November is this normal?

No: A benign fracture of the vertebrae should heal in that period of time;although if the musculoligamentouss structures are "weakened", that could result in continued pain-would recommend return tonirthopedist for additional x-rays to make sure nothing has changed, and if ok then intensive physical therapy ...Read more

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Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Yes: Yes, you likely should not have any problem conceiving or having a child solely based on your spinal surgery/fracture, as vertebral fractures don't affect the shape/morphology of you pelvic inlet/outlet. However, you have to discuss this with a spine surgeon in your area. They may need to evaluate you, and then review your post-operative images and any residual symptoms. ...Read more

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Fractured t10 vertebrae 8 months ago. No degree of healing on X-rays. Bone density tested but I'm only 25. Is there other possibilities as to why?

Fractured t10 vertebrae 8 months ago. No degree of healing on X-rays. Bone density tested but I'm only 25. Is there other possibilities as to why?

A traumatic: fracture can occur with normal bone density. Did you have significant trauma? Patients with abnormally low bone density are at risk for stress and insufficiency fractures, but anyone can get a fracture from trauma. Once a vertebral body sustains a compression fracture, it never regains its normal height. It will heal maintaining the compression deformity. ...Read more

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Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said i might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said i might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Cant refuse: In the us, you can not be refused emergent medical treatment in an emergency room. That being said, the er doctor might not have thought your condition necessitated an emergent mri. ...Read more

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Does the term "broken back" refer to disc herniation, or individual vertebrae being fractured, or both?

Does the term "broken back" refer to disc herniation, or individual vertebrae being fractured, or both?

Bone: Bone fracture compression, flexion distraction common spine fracture medical broken back is a bone injury or disruption of normal spine alignment i personally don't use broken back to describe disc abnormalities eons exception the chance fracture is mostly a soft tissue flexion distraction injury. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a hairline fracture in 2 vertebrae, why am I not paralyzed?

No spinal cord injur: The reason you are not paralyzed is because your spinal cord is not involved. Injury to the spinal cord is what causes paralyzation. Hairline fractures are small and do not typically involve the entire bone, in the spine, they do not involve the spinal cord. Rest and time, physical therapy are usually the treatments for hairline fractures, depending on where they are and severity. ...Read more

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Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back ?

Can a 31 year old male with osteoporosis do push ups and has metal bars from a L4 vertebrae fracture in his back ?

Depends: I would sure check with your personal physician. If you have had a fusion at L4 and it is well healed, there are not typically any restrictions with that. Push-ups can usually be done in patients with osteoporosis as well, as long as it is not too severe. Your doctor would know more about your individual case. ...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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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