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Spinal Compression Fractures

The image on the left before demonstrates the narrowing of the spinal canal before surgery, and the right image after demonstrates a more open space. Namespaces Article Talk. Sometimes bed rest is needed for a few days. Laminectomy relieves pressure on the spinal cord by providing extra space for it to drift backward. A wedge compression fracture is generally a mechanically stable fracture pattern. Spinal Deformity. Download our brochure about vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture and whether the patient has other associated injuries. On careful exam, he did have some loss of sensation to touch in his leg and had some weakness of his legs.

Treatment for a fracture of the thoracic or lumbar spine will depend on: Doctors are also using minimally invasive procedures called vertebroplasty ver-tee-bro-las-tee and vertebral augmentation, also called kyphoplasty kye-fo-plas-tee. Related Conditions Back Pain. Spine Basics. Healing can take several months. This weakening is seen in patients with osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta , lytic lesions from metastatic or primary tumors, [1] or infection.

Your provider also will check for nerve problems in your arms and legs.

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Here are some questions your doctor may ask. Stay Hydrated —Drink between six and eight cups or water a day to keep the body well hydrated. In addition, the area where the spinal canal was decreased due to the bony fragments was enlarged by decompressing the spine and reducing the fracture.

The most common type of vertebral fracture is called a compression fracture. Vertebral fractures are usually followed by acute back pain, and may lead to chronic pain, deformity thoracic kyphosis , commonly referred to as a dowager's hump , loss of height, crowding of internal organs, and loss of muscle and aerobic conditioning due to lack of activity and exercise.

Colloid Cysts. Axial burst fracture. Adults of any age who take steroid medicine, such as prednisone, for a long time have a much higher risk for osteoporosis and compression fracture. Do not lift heavy objects. Malignant Neoplasms. The bones of the spine are called vertebrae.

Compression Fractures of the Spine

When the vertebral fracture is due to osteoporosis, you may not have symptoms at first. Find A Doctor. In compression fractures, the drum-shaped part body of a back bone vertebra collapses into itself and becomes squashed compressed into a wedge shape.