What is vfa (vertebral fracture assessment)?

Osteoporosis test. It is a low radiation dose test (less than standard x-ray; also less expensive) that can assess people at risk for low energy spine fractures. The presence of such fractures puts one at risk for additional fractures; not all hurt at the time, so earlier detection may guide treatment. An osteoporosis specialist may use it. At 22, you most likely do not need it.
VFA. The process of evaluation for vertebral fractures using qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative morphometric methods is called vertebral fracture assessment and provides information regarding a person’s fracture risk. This improves overall assessment of an individual’s future fracture risk and allows for proper intervention. Guidelines are established for men and women to undergo vfa.

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What is the treatment for vertebral fracture?

Rest & analgesics. Vertebral fracture, often a compression fracture in osteoporotic skin, if not caused by trauma, is often very painful. If intractable not effectively treated with pain medication (analgesics), hospitalization may be required. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: vertebral fracture?

Spine fracture. A vertebral fracture is a broken bone in a vertebral body of the spine. The treatment (surgical vs. Nonoperative) depends on the location and type of fracture. Read more...
Any vert. Part. The fracture of any anatomical parts that make up a vertebra. Some r more serious than others. They can lead 2 pain only others pain & instability & pos neurological involvement. Some fractures u may hear about r- vertebral body, facet, spinous process, lamina, pars intrarticularis, & transverse process. Other words chance, compression, unstable, displaced, subluxation. This is not all incisive . Read more...

What are some possible residual effects of a vertebral fracture?

Pain, nerve problems. Many will become painless. But it is not rare to have some residual aching. It some cases, the pain will be severe (there may be instability or nerve pressure). A specialist should be seen if you have numbness, tingling, weakness, severe pain, deformity. Read more...
A deformity, pain . Related to that deformity or even development of further degenerative changes that could lead to pain or neurologic issues. This is assuming that rhis fracture did not cause any neurologic issues in the first place. Read more...

How much is vertebral fracture risk reduction with using estrogen?

Works - But. Because of its ability to decrease the risk of spine fractures in postmenopausal women, estrogen replacement therapy and et/ht has been used for osteoporosis. Recent studies show that hormone replacement is associated with an increase in breast cancer, stroke and heart attack. As a result, the fda now advises patients to consider other treatments first. Read more...

Is infrared therapy safe if you have a vertebral fracture?

Benefits Unclear. No good studies have shown benefit from far infrared therapy for vertebral fractures. It may make it feel better but its' value remains unclear. As far as safety - unknown. Read more...

I have a vertebral fracture. Is infrared therapy safe for me?

Unsure. I am unaware of any effect of infrared radiation on vertebral fractures. The bone are too deep to be directly affected. I have no comment on its use for other conditions or its safety. Read more...

If a patient gets l2 vertebral fracture will it be treated with bed rest?

Depends. on how much pain is caused by being upright or moving around. Generally movement is better than no movement if it is tolerated. Read more...
Vertebral fracture. Depends on how bad the fracture and is there is any spinal cord compression or not. Usually , the compression up to 25% can be treated conservatively provided no neurological symptoms . MRI and CT spine will be required to assess the extent of injury before making a rescission on conservative management . Read more...
Vertebrae fracture . Management depends on the kind of fracture and if there are any neurological complications or not . . Read more...
As per dr singh . If the injury is stable then usually they try to get people moving. If it's unstable then initially bed rest/immobility will be required until stabilised with treatment. Ask your doctor directly for advice and as per dr singh it may well need extra imaging to sort it out . Read more...

Physio pressed on thoracic vertebral fracture causing immediate wheezing. Why would this cause this? (fracture not dx until later)

Hard to say. Wheezing is usually in some way related to reactive airway disease of one form or another. Pressure placed on the posterior aspect of the thorax could cause air to be expelled from the pulmonary cavity and could, in theory, make the wheezing more apparent. It is possible, especially if you have osteoporosis, that the fracture occurred at that moment as well. Read more...