FAQ - Spinal Fractures
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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.
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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)

regarding the fractures see on the spinal x-rays) "These could not be ruled out as new or old fractures." What?


regarding the fractures see on the spinal x-rays) "These could not be ruled out as new or old fractures." What does that mean?
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Exactly what it says. It can't be determined if the fractures are new or old. No other way to explain that.  (+ info)

I suffer from old wedge-shaped fractures in my spine (T10, T11). Will Spinal Fusion remove the pain?


I need advice from an expert.
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Hi i am not an expert but i do have experience as i have wedge shaped fractures and collapsed vertebrae and have had it fused in a 5 hour operation,

and it has made a big difference to it, as before it used to ache and burn but now it doesn't at all, as the fusing stops the bones moving and rubbing together so stops all pain,

i am now even able to cycle as before even walking was painful.  (+ 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.
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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 have a spinal injury, how can i rehabilitate myself for work?


I fell and now face fractures and spinal stenosis. I learned how to walk again. my faith is strong i will never stop trying!
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with those diagnosis you need PRO help, as in going to physical therapy and them giving your the correct workouts and exercises. Online we have no idea of the shape you are in and what is right for you. Anything reccomended could do more harm then good because of the fact we don't know you and what shape you're in.
It's great to hear your positive attitude! Good luck to you!!  (+ 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.
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My grandmother has had 3 compression vertebrae fractures due to osteoprosis. She is in excellent health otherwise.  (+ info)

What is it called when the spinal cord is too small and causes pain and numbness in the body?


I just got out of the hospital over here in Germany. I went in several days ago after waking up with severe pain in my neck and shoulders and numbness in my hands and feet. My MRI showed 8 fractures of bones and vertebrae and 6 discs that were in pieces or disintegrating. The Chief surgeon said also that the "channels" that contain my nerve chain were too small and causing a lot of the pain and numbness. He said surgery is a must. INFO PLEASE??????
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Your condition looks severe and in my opinion you should go for surgery if doctor had already said for surgery. Do not take much time until the condition gets worsened and it will be more difficult for the surgery to get it right and well.  (+ info)

What exercises are safe for someone with spinal stenosis (L2, L3), spondylolisthesis, AND osteopenia?


I know spinal flexion is good for relieving spinal pressure due to stenosis, but I understand it's dangerous for someone with osteopenia because it can cause fractures. I'm interested in exercises that will keep my core muscles strong.
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I have the same condition...only in L3 - L5. Brisk walking is the best....on a gradual changing surface...nothing bumpy or sudden....arms swinging at your sides. Swimming is also very good....especially in heated pools or warm water.
No lifting, no straining sports or activities....skiing, horse riding, tennis......out of the question.
I've found that Golf actually relieves the muscle pain.....but I use a golf cart.
Lying flat on a carpet, legs bent with knees above your heart, and lifting one leg up over the other which turns your body in that direction.....then lifting the other leg up over the opposite tends to relieve stiffness. Hot compresses are my favorite right before I go to sleep. With my condition.....I am no longer able to visit chiropracters...though they did help me initially. The exercises mentioned above came from an out-patient PT center.
Hope you feel better!  (+ info)

What are some possible ways to get a spinal injury, or fractured ankle wrist or shoulder?


I'm not going to try these, need ideas for a story I'm Writing. Preferable ideas that aren't too dramatic and may happen in everyday life.
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You can't get any more commonplace than a wrist fracture from trying to protect yourself while falling. You can break your ankle just walking across the street, perhaps stepping into a pothole or ice or landing wrong on uneven pavement or a curb. Spinal and shoulder injuries could result from falling down stairs or being hit by a car, bike or person. I broke my ankle doing high impact aerobics. My sister herniated a couple disks in her spine doing an advanced yoga move improperly.  (+ info)

My doctor is recommending a "glue" injection for a spinal compression fracture. What's the technical name?


I've heard great things about it (very little recovery time, etc.) I would just like to do a bit of detective work on my own. Thanks to all that can help out.
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One brand of "bone glue" is called Gelrin, but I don't know that much more about it.  (+ info)

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