FAQ - Fractures, Compression
(Powered by Yahoo! Answers)

What is the best treatment for spinal compression fractures?


My husband is 83 years old and has numerous compression fractures in his spine and we are trying to find ways to relieve his pain. Any help would be appreciated.
----------

Does your husband have recent urinary/bowel incontinent problem or motor weakness or sensory loss in both legs? If so see a physician ASAP as he may be suffering from cauda equina syndrome. It is also advisable to see the physician as an MRI is likely to determine the extent of damage. Spinal decompression surgery might be warranted if spinal damage is severe. Unfortunately, at this point it sounds like over the counter medication will provide minimal help. NSAID (naproxen) can alleviate some inflammation and provide some relief, but it sounds like you need something stronger that only a physician can prescribe. Best wishes.  (+ info)

Do people tend to recover from metastatic compression fractures or do they tend to go downhill?


I'm realistic about my prognosis and what kind of timeframe I'm looking at.

Want to know if this kind of thing tends to heal at all, of if when it gets to this point more just tend to occur.

Wearing a back brace now if that's makes any difference
----------

Metastatic what ?
If this is a cancer metastatic to the spine, what type is it ?
Are you receiving radiation therapy to the metastatic spinal lesions ?
What is your age - very important information ?
Why is your oncologist - radiation oncologist or medical oncologist - not explaining this for you? It is a part of their job to provide detailed explanations. That is how I spent most of my time as a cancer specialist doctor - explaining things like this.

OK - from the additional information you have sent it appears that you have a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist who are completely familiar with your case. None of us should second guess the doctors who truly know you and have seen your x-ray studies. These spine lesions should heal if the invading malignancy is successfully treated with either chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. At your young age you should have a good chance of healing with effective treatment.  (+ info)

I have five vertebral compression fractures in my spine. Is there a cure for this problem?


What does the future hold?
----------

I'm so sorry to hear that, as in a word your going to get a lot of pain.
I have 2 crush fractures I have had injections that work for a time.
I just use some pain medication and get by but there are days when you feel really bad as the pain can make you feel quite depressed.
My husband had 2 minor operations one was to numb off some nerves in his back and the other Was cortisone injections they have worked well so far.
I cant have it done as it was really expensive but hes a veteran so gets all medicals free  (+ info)

What medical procedures relieve the pain from sacrum compression fractures?


Its called sacroplasty. See your primary care doctor for a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, or interventional pain management specialist  (+ info)

Can Osteoporosis or Osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?


Does anyone know the most common causes of compression fractures of the cervical vertebrae? My mother was recently diagnosed with a compression fracture in her spinal cord at C7 (neck area).

She was Dx w/osteopenia 4 years ago, but hasn't taken any steps to prevent further progression other than calcium supplements (and not routinely). She has a history of bone fractures, as she fractured her wrist about 2 years ago in a minor fall.

She has yearly mammograms and had lung X-rays taken last year as part of her annual physical. Everything was fine: no traces of cancer in either place. She is 64 y/o, caucasian, non-smoker, healthy and active, and other than having hypothyroidism, she has no other history of disease.

Her recent MRI did not reveal any type of tumor at the sight, however, they want to do further testing to make sure she doesn't have a malignancy anywhere else in her body. Apparently many cancers can matastasize in the spine.

What are the chances this compression fracture is due to a lack of bone density and NOT to an unidentified malignancy elsewhere in the body?

Please sight any references, if possible.

Thanks for your help.
----------

Your description matches perfectly for someone who will be prone to having a compression fracture. The broken wrist and osteopenia along with being a post menopausal woman who is not actively protecting herself against further bone loss. Compression fracture almost certainly.

My MIL also would not take calcium and did not eat a balanced diet. One day she called unable to get out of bed due to extreme pain. 7 compression fractures. Her spine looked like swiss cheese only with tiny holes. The Dr took one look at the x-rays and said no wonder she is in so much pain. Over a period of time the stress fractures slowly healed although she now has a low level of chronic back pain.

For the past ten years she has been on 2 tablespoons daily of liquid calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D mixture since she can not swallow big calcium pills.
http://www.puritan.com/pages/file.asp?PID=5459&CID=1&CPID=8249&rlid=&xs=EBD07B3FD2F044D4BDCBD276D8724FB0&searchterm=liquid%20calcium

She also takes an extra 400IU Vitamin D because vitamin D is needed for the calcium to be absorbed. New research indicates that someone like your mom needs about 1000 IU daily. My MIL also takes the RX spray Miacalcin which slows the turnover of bone osteoclasts which strengthens bone when the drug is taken over time. This spray is only one nasal squirt daily and much easier than Fosamax for an elderly lady to use. http://www.miacalcin.com/index.jsp

While it certainly will not hurt your mother to have a non invasive workup to make sure there is not some type of malignancy, if I was betting money, my money would be on compression fracture caused by osteoporosis. Healing is a process so expect this to take a while. If she does not start taking better care of herself it is highly likely that she will have new fractures in the future. good luck  (+ info)

I'm A 42 years old female with multilevel remote compression fractures involvingC3-C6)withchronic neck pain.?


What is my option dealing with multilevel compression fractures involving (C3-C6)with left para central disk protrusion at (C4-C5)potentially causing nerve root compression which is causing moderate to severe left lateral recess steno sis with left radiculopathy and the levels are unremarkable.
----------

pain management exercise that is medically prescribed a lot of luck and self care. good luck my dear it is a diifficult fix you are in but hopefully someone can help you deal with it. surgery is an option but if you can live without that then i would try to deal with help of course. just i hope you dont get hooked on pain medication. there are good ways to manage. take care.  (+ info)

I have "compression fractures", (5 of them), and the pain is?


Extreme, constantly! I never get relieve, or good rest unless, I take a heavy "narcotic pain pill", and I hate them almost as bad as the pain!
I've been to pain clinics, and they can't help!
I sure hope someone has some good ideas!
thnx
----------

Have your tried Physical Therapy? Aquatic Therapy may help.  (+ info)

Compression fractures of the spine need help?


and loss of muscular control? Actually spine itself was injured 5 fractures L3 4 5 T10 11 , 2 fractures in neck area and spine has degenerated I was 5' 6" tall am now 5' 1" , compression is also causing nerve endings pain and arthritis. Have been told 1 medical model that may help is HGH and Testosterone in a pretty large dose injected , the cost 6,000.00 is way to much for me being a disabled veteran.
The other proposal I found on the net was to receive gene Replacement from what is called the hercules gene. it would in affect cause large increase in the structure and strength of the muscles involved in and around my limbs. Were it me I would split off from a Mountain Gorilla
----------

  (+ info)

Can osteopenia/porosis cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?


Does anyone know the most common causes of compression fractures of the cervical vertebrae? My mother was recently diagnosed with a compression fracture in her spinal cord at C7 (neck area).

She was Dx w/osteopenia 4 years ago, but hasn't taken any steps to prevent further progression other than calcium supplements (and not routinely). She has a history of bone fractures, as she fractured her wrist about 2 years ago in a minor fall.

She has yearly mammograms and had lung X-rays taken last year as part of her annual physical. Everything was fine: no traces of cancer in either place. She is 64 y/o, caucasian, non-smoker, healthy and active, and other than having hypothyroidism, she has no other history of disease.

Her recent MRI did not reveal any type of tumor at the sight, however, they want to do further testing to make sure she doesn't have a malignancy anywhere else in her body. Apparently many cancers can matastasize in the spine.

What are the chances this compression fracture is due to a lack of bone density and NOT to an unidentified malignancy elsewhere in the body?

Please sight any references, if possible.

Thanks for your help.
----------

My grandmother has had 3 compression vertebrae fractures due to osteoprosis. She is in excellent health otherwise.  (+ info)

How do burst fractures & compression fractures happen? Im 33 w/ burstT12, lesser degree @ L1, Comp.frac t6-8?


I am 33. I have a burst fracture @ t12 and this slightly involves L1 to a lesser degree. T6-T8 compression fractures. Minimal posterior bowing at T11-T12. (seen 3.08 and 3.09 mri's) - No change from 2008 to 2009.

Sagittal T1, T2 inversion recovery (3.09)
Mild broad based disc bulge @ L5-S1 which is asymmetrically prominent to the rt. of midline.

I have osteoporosis in the back and osteopenia in the forearms (though 1 dr. said it's all osteoperosis). All the breaks occurred w/o me complaining or any traumatic event (hit by car, etc...nothing...I did have seizure in 07 b/c of stopping klonopin abruptly, major league mistake - am told that cant cause these many breaks or this severe).

I've been seen an endocrinologist who after 25 tubes of blood and a 24hr/urine calcium test (normal), says my testosterone is low & my vitamin D is low (has me on 50,000 IU vitamin D). He said he wants to be aggressive yet after 2.5 mo. all he's done is take blood (lots), urine and put me on vitamin D. This is Emory, not some junk hospital and I don't feel this is aggressive.

I am also seeing a pain mgt. dr and a psychiatrist. The psych had me on pristiq 100mg, but stopped that b/c of the testosterone thing. Also on klonopin.

As for pain, I hurt in ways that is unexplainable, words do not suffice the level and depth of the agony (fyi my job decided I wasn't doing "supervisor level work since diagnosis and fired me...not sure what to do/if I can do anything on that? I did get approved for short term disability before termination date, so I don't know if that helps).

I am on Fentynal 25mcg 1 every 3 days and 10mg percocet 4x day and baclofen and lodine and atenlol and linsinopril and zocor. Ive been on 45mg ms contin before the fentynal.

I have some shoulder injury that I had looked at on Thursday, no break, but they want mri just in case considering history. I might go to ER b/c pain is SO severe these medicines don't help with it's pain, like almost nothing. What might the ER do? Would they be able to prescribe medicine till I find a new Dr? A week or two's worth? I'm at a loss of what this is and the pain dr. didnt sign off on me being unable to work, but has me on morphine and percocet around the clock and Im acct. supervisor for 4th largest ad/mkg. firm in world or was...ummm...no chance, but I will try to take care of that this week and bring them job description and ask if this is what I capable of doing, I can't even lift my rt. arm at the moment and going to dr. 3x (min/week) isn't allowed at any agency.

They want me to see a rheumatologist now.

Please someone help.

Thank you kindly.
----------

Those kinds of fractures typically happen from impact injuries, for example falling and landing on your hind end can cause a lot of stress to the bones of the spine, and when enough pressure is exerted on them they basically crush. This crush bone impeding on nerves is what causes localized pain in your back that usually only gets better with a spinal fusion type of surgery and/or wearing a very supportive brace 24/7 except in bed.

The ER will probably run some more tests, x-rays MRIs, etc. If they determine the problem is severe enough you'd get admitted until you have adequate pain control. They would probably give you some kind of documentation to provide to your work as well.  (+ info)

1  2  3  4  5  

Leave a message about 'Fractures, Compression'


We do not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any content in this site. Click here for the full disclaimer.