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With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

With compression fracture what else should I be concerned about?

Worsening: The biggest concern with compression fractures is continued or worsening collapse of the vertebrae. Follow up with your neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Compression Fracture (Definition)

This is usually used in describing vertebral fx tho any bone can b fx by a compressive force as in fingers in a door. Spine is the usual. Can b from a fall, mva or in the osteoporotic by a sneeze or cough. The force downward on a vertebra exceeds its strength 2 resist $ & it collapses on itself. Measured by loss of height. There can b many more complicated types, these above ...Read more


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Sharp, stabbing mid-back pain occasionally when bending or lifting. Radiologist found old compression fracture at T11 on xray. Should I be concerned?

Find cause of Fx: If you recall the injury cause of the fracture-no worry -just minor arthritis. BUT a compression fx at age 20 warns of possible metabolic disease. IF no injury get a DEXA and see your PCP for further diagnosis. ...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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How is compression fracture diagnosed?

How is compression fracture diagnosed?

Imaging: X-rays, ct, MRI or bone scan. All are imaging modalities that can assist with the diagnosis of a spine fracture. ...Read more

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Is pt required for a compression fracture?

Is pt required for a compression fracture?

No: The majority of patients do not require therapy for a compression fracture. Usually walking for exercise and wearing a brace for 3 months to allow the fracture to heal are all that is required. There are of course exceptions but typically it is as specified above. ...Read more

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What are the tests for compression fracture?

What are the tests for compression fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of compression fx starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Which specifically is a compression fracture?

Compression fracture: Compression fractures of the spine are most related to trauma and what happens is the vertebral body, a bony structure in your spine becomes "compression" or shortened in height due to a pressure from trauma that causes it to collagse. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

What sort of disorder is a compression fracture?

Vertebrae fracture: Front half of the vertebrae with a fracture causing collapse of the vertebrae. Should not exceed 20-30% loss of height or will require treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


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