What are Compression Fractures? Compression fractures occur when one or more bones in the spine weaken and collapse. This can lead to pain, loss of height, and a hunched forward posture. Common causes include osteoporosis and trauma.
- Conservative: Bracing to support the spine, physical therapy to strengthen muscles, and pain management techniques.
- Medications: Pain relievers and osteoporosis medications if needed.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty to stabilize the fracture and alleviate pain.
- Q: Can compression fractures heal on their own?
A: Some may heal with conservative care, but medical intervention by a physiatrist often ensures proper recovery.
- Q: What activities should I avoid with a compression fracture?
A: Heavy lifting and high-impact activities should be avoided; a physiatrist can provide specific guidance.
- Q: How effective are minimally invasive procedures for compression fractures?
A: Procedures like vertebroplasty can be highly effective in stabilizing the fracture and relieving pain.