How to Treat a Compression Fracture
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
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If you played sports growing up or if you were a particularly rambunctious child, then you may have experienced one or more stress fractures or bone breaks. As a different kind of fracture and one that typically affects adults, compression fractures commonly occur in patients who have osteoporosis. In most instances, compression fractures cause back pain and involve the vertebral body. Luckily, with the combination of a bone mineral density test and medical treatment, you can reduce the occurrence of these types of fractures. Depending on how severe your compression fracture is, we may offer one of the following treatment solutions.
One of the first questions we will ask you during your appointment with Redwood Orthopaedic Associates is how you got injured in the first place. What exactly were you doing? If you were participating in an activity that caused this injury, we would likely recommend that you either make modifications or you refrain from it entirely.
Depending on the location of your compression fracture, we may recommend that you wear a brace for a specific period. A brace will help isolate the fracture and give it the ample time it needs to heal properly— while also preventing you from moving in specific directions.
Physical therapy is typically done in conjunction with other treatments. The primary goals of physical therapy include strengthening your back, reducing pain, improving overall functionality, and restoring your ability to participate in activities again.
We offer different surgeries to treat compression fractures including one called a kyphoplasty. A kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that works to help stabilize compression fractures and prevent them from getting worse.
To schedule your appointment with Redwood Orthopaedic Associates, contact our Santa Rosa office today!
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