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Dr. James Lin
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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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Can you tell me what percentage of vertebral compression fractures are symptomatic?

That is difficult to: Exactly say as some people never get evaluated when they have back pain but the possibility of a fracture as the cause was real so it was not truly without symptoms. But the percentage is fairly high in the 60-70% range. ...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 vertebrae in the spinal column. Occurs from trauma and associated with osteoporosis. ...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 a orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a compression fracture of the knee?

Docs can you explain what is a compression fracture of the knee?

Let me explain: If you have inch length of bone, and apply compression force on it, that same bone become 1/2 inch in thickness because the unusual pressure applied on it. That should be corrected mostly by surgery. ...Read more

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How can i avoid future compression fractures. can i start using weights?

How  can i avoid future compression fractures.  can i start  using weights?

?osteoporosis: Have you had a bone density study to determine whether you have osteoporosis? If you do have it, it needs to be treated in order to avoid future fractures. Discuss this with your physician who will also advise you as to what kind of exercise you should do.. ...Read more

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I have a history of compression fractures. I stretched in my chair at work and heard a pop now I'm in incredible shooting what did I do???

I have a history of compression fractures. I stretched in my chair at work and heard a pop now I'm in incredible shooting what did I do???

Shooting pain?: Go to your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you already have a hx of compression fractures your spine maybe more frail than the average 29 year old. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Are vertebral compression fractures common?

Yes: They occur in older patients usually due to osteoporosis. Women are affected 6:1 compared to men. ...Read more

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Compression fractures in spine, what to do?

Compression fractures in spine, what to do?

See a specialist: A spine specialist can provide a thorough evaluation and give you advice on your best treatment options. ...Read more

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How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

How do you treat vertebral compression fractures?

Fracture: These are usually treated with a brace to stabilize the area until it heals (at least 6 weeks) Sometimes special cement can be injected with a surgical procedure to treat the fracture (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

How are vertebral compression fractures diagnosed?

Yes: Mri scan is the most accurate test. Pain over the fracture site is the most useful physical finding. ...Read more

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Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's ability to heal or recover. Compression fractures usually result from an injury. ...Read more

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How are vertebral compression fractures typically treated?

Yes: 60% probably need some form of treatment. Simple options include rest and medication. Bracing does not seem to be of much benefit although it is often ordered. Physical therapy may help patients mobilize but can be challenging if severe pain. 30-40% of vcf's come to surgery which is usually immediately helpful. ...Read more

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What is the usual cause of compression fractures in the spine?

What is the usual cause of compression fractures in the spine?

Several causes : Compression fractures can occur from trauma ( falls, MVAs, ATV crashes ) or from osteoporosis allowing fractures to occur with less strenuos activities or falls. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

Compression fracture: Mild compression fractures in healthy premenopausal women are usually treated with a back brace. Healing ranges from 6-13 weeks in non smokers. When the fractures are moderate to severe and interfere with daily activity then bone cement can be placed in the vertebral body (kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty) to repair the fracture and eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures?

Patient specific: Some patients have no pain while others suffer debilitating pain from a vcf. Regardless, it is critical to treat your osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I now have 4 compression fractures in my back . Should I still be working in construction?

Compression Fracture: If you are able to work and no weakness , tingling or numbness, you may be okay to work but You may want to see an orthopedics or neurologist. ...Read more