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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up against the spinal cord; if there is numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs should be evaluated by a specialist. There can also be minor breaks in other parts of the bone that usually heal without problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cartilage procedure: Microfracture is an arthroscopic surgery technique that restores cartilage in an area of cartilage deficit. By poking holes in the bone with an instrument that looks like an ice pick, bleeding occurs, which stimulates growth factors to create scar cartilage - which is not as good as the cartilage one is born with, but it can help with pain. Usually requires 6 weeks of non weight bearing afterward. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disk injury: Technically is not not a tear of the vertebra (a bone), but the disk between two bones. The outer disk (annulus fibrosis) is made of layers of collagen (a material). Think of them as threads woven in layers. They allow for some flexibility and movement between the bones. With aging and time some of the fibers can tear. If nerve fibers grow into the area, it might be a source of pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Collapse: This a partially collapsed vertebra that may be the result of an old injury to your back. Do you recall any old back injuries? Other causes include bone disease such as osteoporosis, growths, blood diseases,etc. Your physician who knows you best is qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Degeneration: An annular tear is a radiographic term for a bright zone on certain MRI sequences performed of the spine. It is not necessarily a torn annulus, but more likely a delamination of the fibrous rings of the annulus fibrosus (the outer ring of the disc). It is usually associated with degenerative changes to hydration of the disc. With discography, a true tear shows leakage of the radiographic dye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could hurt: The meniscus like moon shape have two attachment one in the back and one in the front. When the meniscus loose one of these attachment we call displacement, this usually happen by itself or with injury to other structures of the knee from inside. Good luck. ...Read more
It literally means : That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma ( blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a fx: Spondylosis does not mean you have a fracture, not even a hairline fracture..Spondylosis is term used to denote degenerative changes of the spine, usually combination of degeneration of the facet joints, disc, osteophyte formation, spinal stenosis.Usually involves several levels and that is called lumbar or cervical sponl. ...Read more
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
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
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