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What does a vetebral compressure fracture mean?

What does a vetebral compressure fracture mean?

Osteoporosis/trauma: The vertebrae are the building blocks of the spine. They are made of cancellous (spongy) bone. They are stacked one on top of another separated by the vertebral discs. A compression fracture occurs when the bone cannot support the load. Sometimes it is because the bone is weak (osteoporosis) and sometimes because of severe load ( a fall or an auto accident) . The bone is compressed or collapsed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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 does fracture mean?

What does fracture mean?

Broken bone : A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. This is defined as a disruption in the natural structure of the bone as a result of an acute injury, repetitive overloading or pathologic weakness of the bone. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

"Acute" = New/recent: "acute" just means that whatever it is is new. So "acute fracture" means the bone is recently broken. Usually we can see signs of healing on an x-ray as time goes on. If healing signs are seen, you would not call the fracture "acute". ...Read more

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My lumbar compression fractures are stable what does that mean?

It means that: it will not move around and cause further damage. It also means that it will heal given enough time. Most important thing is to prevent recurrence by avoiding activity that caused the injury and strengthening your bones. ...Read more

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I still have pain after the fracture healed. What does that mean?

See ORTHO: Some times fractures don't heal well. You can get a mal union or a non union. See an ortho doc. ...Read more

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What is a good means of determining if i fractured my ankle or sprained it?

What is a good means of determining if i fractured my ankle or sprained it?

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Broken your sesamoid: Two very small sesamoids (about the size of corn) are found in the underside of the forefoot near the great toe, one on the outer side of the foot and the other closer to the middle of the foot. Like other bones, sesamoids can break (fracture). It is common among ballet dancers, runners and baseball catchers. ...Read more

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Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Usually not: This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born. It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser. ...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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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