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I have a L1 wedge vertebra fracture is being 9 months and pain is the same, my doctor recommend fusion-fixation surgery, after 9 months is this normal?

I have a L1 wedge vertebra  fracture is being 9 months and pain is the same, my doctor recommend fusion-fixation surgery, after 9 months is this normal?

Kyphoplasty consider: First question has bone healed bone scan is your pain coming from structural spine a fusion sound s extensive for a late answer to a one level fracture. Pain from surgery muscluar injury after fusion can be as bad as what you have now look at kyphoplasty , corecting spine alignment with osteotomy and screws and fusion is cure worse than the disease my opinion. ...Read more

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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 fractured my L1 (wedge vertebra fracture). Its been 5 years since my injury. Can i play contact sport again? I am a fit 25 year old

I fractured my L1 (wedge vertebra fracture). Its been 5 years since my injury. Can i play contact sport again? 
I am a fit 25 year old

Usually yes: Need to be sure there is no spinal cord impingement or damage from fx. Need to make sure the fx is completely healed and stable. If everything is fine should be no problem. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise, stretch, to improve range of motion, strength & endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

I met with accident & got ' wedge compression fracture to L1 vertebra' what is the treatement given in such cases I have been advised only bed rest?

No: That is bad advice. You should not be confined to bed - you will become weak and the healing will be affected. First, find a new doctor. Second, ask about physical therapy or kyphoplasty (a fairly quick surgical procedure). Depending on the severity, one or the other may be indicated. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Protect the area. Don't do things that hurt.
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Get the area X-rayed
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My 85 year old grandfather fell and fractured a vertebra. What is the recovery time for such an injury?

My 85 year old grandfather fell and fractured a vertebra. What is the recovery time for such an injury?

4-6weeks: If it is compression fracture not complicated. Also there is menially invasive surgery we could do called: vertebroplasty this procedure is effective for relieving pain from spinal compression fractures and helping to stabilize the fracture. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Follow weightbearing orders
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Vertebra (Definition)

Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains an arched, hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. In humans, the vertebrae are divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections, and the sacrum and coccyx are both made up of a series of fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated ...Read more

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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more

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