Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

Sure can be. Any vertebral fracture has the potential to be bad. Compression fractures, depending on the cause, can create lots of problems. Among them are pinched nerves with associated pain syndromes, loss of mobility and others. Depending on the situation, compression fractures can be heralds for more ominous things. You should be seeing a doctor for this, if you haven't already.
It depends. Some patients have pretty minimal pain with compression fractures. There is one study that as many as one third of women over 65 will have have a compression fracture on a chest xray. Some patients, however have severe pain and can be bedridden. Thankfully, there are good surgical options for those in severe pain. Thank you for your question.
Depends on degree. Location, severity and associated symptoms determine how serious a compression fracture is. Cervical and thoracic compression fractures threaten your spinal cord function. Lumbar compression fractures can cause leg weakness or bowel/ bladder problems. Sometimes pain is the only symptom and this can be treated with a brace or bone cement, kyphoplasty. Usually you should be followed for symptoms.
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Related Questions

How often do you feel a vertebral compression fracture?

Quite often. Could start as a simple pain. Please see doctor, because is not that simple to diagnose and treat pain. Read more...

What increases my risk for a vertebral compression fracture?

Many factors. Some of the risk factors (example: your genetics) cannot be changed. Things you can include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity. Exercise that stresses your bones and muscles help maintain bone strength and can reduce the risk of falls. Avoiding situations that lead to falls also help. Read more...
Low bone density is. The most important risk factor so to avoid this you must exercise regularly and eat well with good calcium and vitamin d intake and do not smoke. Use of steroids and early menopause place you at higher risk as does family history if you are a female. Men also have risks but generally after 60. Certain diseases add risk: kidney, GI and thyroid issues to name a few. Read more...

Is it possible for an 18 year old to have a vertebral compression fracture?

Yes and no. It is unusual for an 18-year-old to have a compression spinal fracture. Im an 18-year-old one would expect either a traumatic reason or an underlying pathological condition. A compression fracture without incident, usually seen in a more elderly population with osteoporosis for example as a cause. See your orthopedic spinal specialist for an evaluation. Read more...
Yes. Technically, a compression fracure is simply a fracture of the anterior column of the spine. What would be very unlikely, however, would be for an 18 year old to have an osteoporotic compression fracture, which is the most common cause of compression fractures in patients over 50. If she does have a compression fracture after minor trauma, other potential causes should be sought. Thank you. Read more...

What is best for a vertebral compression fracture and why: vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplasty, or radiofrequency kyphoplasty?

Treating MD's choice. The best kind of treatment for the patient is actually the treatment option done best by the treating physician. One is not necessarily superior over others, as long as the treating physician is competent in the technique. One has to take into account multiple factors, including the level of fracture, degree of compression, fracture fragment locations, patient medical issues, etc. Read more...
Rest . These heal well with time intervention hasn't been shown to give better long term results only quicker pain relief i thought kyphoplasty worked wonderfully for new severe fracture pain. Read more...
Stabilizes fracture. Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It relieves the pain by stabilizing the fracture. Check out kyphon.Com. Read more...

I have a vertebral compression fracture, what other surgeries, other than balloon kyphoplasty, is there that could help relieve nerve compression?

Kyphoplasty BEST. Spine MRI is the best imaging study to check for acute fracture and 'nerve compression'. Kyphoplasty is the least invasive procedure to relieve pain of compression fractures. An open procedure may be needed to relieve 'nerve compression' so it is best to see a neurosurgeon or spine-orthopedics doctor to get correct procedure. Read more...
Serious. Most compression fractures do not require a surgical intervention for associated nerve compression. If there is serious canal compromise, then a fusion performed either with a corpectomy or laminectomy would be recommended. Of course, there are cases where a kyphoplasty is combined with fusion/laminectomy depending on the best needs of the patient. Read more...
Vertebroplasty. Since restoration of vertebral height has not demonstrated added benefit, if you are an appropriate candidate for kyphoplasty, you are also an appropriate candidate for vertebroplasty. Read more...
Several Choices. You can get either kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty to relieve an osteoporotic compression fracture. If there is collapse and deformity you may require an open procedure, however the risks are quite high for such an operation. Non-operative treatments including Forteo may helpful to strengthen the bones but will not relieve neural compression. Read more...

Minimal t-7 vertebral body anterior wedging? Same as compression fracture?

Possible. Thoracic vertebra is typically rectangular. Anterior wedging may indicate a compression fracture. An MRI can indicate whether this is an acute fracture. Your doctor can correlate these findings with your exam and decide whether this is clinically significant. Read more...
This is not . The same as a compression fracture. A compression fracture can result in anterior wedging, but not all anterior wedging is compression fracture. If there are up to 3 consecutive vertebral bodies with anterior wedging, then it may represent scheuermann's kyphosis which is a congenital osteodystrophy, that lead to vertebrae appearing wedged. Fracture is less likely given your age. See a specialist. Read more...

Is it possible for someone as young as 18 to have vertebral compression fracture?

Yes. Some medical conditions and medications can weaken the bone prematurely, leading to fracture. Trauma can cause fractures at any age. Read more...
Sure. Young hard bone can break but requires more force, big fallfs and mva's low energy osteoporotic fractures are treated differently than high energy comp frx. Read more...