A compression fracture happens when the front part of a spinal bone breaks and collapses. A fall or other type of injury can cause it. A minor injury or moving the wrong way can cause a break if you have thin or brittle bones (osteoporosis).
These types of breaks will heal in 8 to 10 weeks. You will need rest and pain medicines. Your doctor may recommendphysiotherapy. Some doctors recommend that certain people with compression fractures wear braces.
Your doctor also may treat thin or brittle bones. You may need surgery if you have lasting pain or if the bone presses on the spinal cord or nerves.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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