Compression Fractures of the Back are broken vertebrae. Vertebrae are the bones of the spine.
If you’re in your 50’s and 60’s and have back pain, don’t just assume it’s a normal part of getting older. You could be affected by a spinal compression fracture. Back aches and pains can be a sign that small fractures are occurring in your vertebrae – which are the bones that form your spine. Soft, weakened bones are at the heart of this problem. After a number of small compression fractures your body begins to show the effects. The small hairline fractures can eventually cause a vertebra to collapse, which is called spinal compression fracture.
When your bones are brittle, everyday activities can trigger minor spinal compression fractures. When you bend to lift an object, miss a step, or slip on a carpet you can put your spinal bones at risk of a fracture. Even coughing or sneezing can cause compression fractures in more severe cases of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the most common cause of this type of fracture. It’s a disease in which bones become fragile. Usually, the bone loses calcium and other minerals.
Trauma to the back
Tumors that start in the spine, such as multiple myeloma
Tumors that started in the bone or spread to the bone from elsewhere
Symptoms of Compression Fractures of the Back
Compression fractures can occur suddenly and can cause severe back pain.
- The pain is most commonly felt in the middle or lower spine. It can also be felt on the sides or in the front of the spine.
- The pain is sharp and ” knife-like.” The pain can be disabling and take weeks and even months to go away.
Compression fractures due to osteoporosis may cause no symptoms at first. Often, they are discovered when x-rays of the spine are done for other reasons. Over time, the following symptoms can occur..
- Back pain that starts slowly, which gets worse with walking but is not felt when resting
- Stooped-over posture, or kyphosis also called a dowager’s hump
- Loss of height, as much as 6 inches over time
Pressure on the spinal cord from hunched over posture can, in rare cases cause…
- Difficulty walking
- And Even Loss of control of the bowel or bladder
Treatment for Compression Fractures of the Back
If osteoporosis is the cause of a spinal compression fracture. The Treatment – address the pain, the fracture, and the underlying osteoporosis to prevent future fractures. Pain from a spinal compression fracture allowed to heal naturally can last as long as three months. But the pain usually improves significantly in a matter of days or even weeks. Bed rest may help with acute pain but it can also lead to further bone loss and worsening osteoporosis, which raises your risk for future compression fractures. Doctors may recommend a short period of bed rest for no more than just a few days. However, prolonged inactivity should be avoided.
The Leading Cause of Compression Fractures – Osteoporosis – The Treatments include the “basic CDE’s” — calcium(C), vitamin D (D), weight-bearing exercise (E), prevention of Falls (F), and bone-friendly medicines. Weight-bearing exercise is recommended for osteoporosis patients, and can even help your bones. At any age, exercise is essential for maintaining healthy bones. If you exercised regularly as a child and young adult, you probably helped maximize your bone production, most of which occurs by age 35. If you continued to exercise into middle age and beyond, you probably helped reduce your risk of developing the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. But It’s never too late to start a bone-healthy exercise program, even if you already have osteoporosis or are at high risk of developing osteoporosis. Although people with osteoporosis may believe that exercise increases the risk of a injury from broken bones, the truth is quite the opposite. A regular, properly designed exercise program like Doctors Pain Relief Systems, that actually helps prevent the falls and fall-related fractures that so often result in disability and premature death. That’s because the exercises in Doctors Pain Relief Systems strengthens bones and muscles and improves balance, coordination and flexibility, which is especially important for older adults and people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
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