Quick Answer: What Is A Wedge Compression Fracture

What exercise is good for compression fracture?

Example of Exercise Program:ExerciseDosageWeeksBridging in supine Knee bent and feet flat on ground.

Pushing through feet to lift back and pelvis off ground5-10 sec hold × 51-2 3×/weekHip extension in prone 8-10 reps × 2 3-10 Raising one leg off the ground and then the other8-10 reps × 23-10 3×/week5 more rows.

Is a wedge fracture serious?

In general wedge fractures are stable without neurologic involvement. Wedge fractures are considered serious when the fracture affects adjacent vertebrae, anterior wedging is 50%, severe hyperkyphosis (bent forward) is present, or bone fragment(s) are suspect in the spinal canal.

Is a compression fracture serious?

Complications of compression fractures include: Fractured bones that do not heal after treatment, which can lead to damage of the nearby vertebrae. Blood clots in the legs due to decreased mobility.

Is a heating pad good for a compression fracture?

Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain. Apply heat on your back for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed. Heat helps decrease pain and muscle spasms.

How do you get out of a compression fracture in your bed?

Push your body up off of the bed with your arms while keeping your back straight, so you come up to a sitting position on the side of your bed. At the same time, lower your legs over the side of the bed while keeping your back straight. Continue to lower your legs until your feet hit the floor, while remaining upright.

Can a compression fracture be seen on xray?

If an X-ray image reveals a spine compression fracture and a doctor needs to see the spine in more detail, he or she may recommend a CT scan. CT scans use a series of X-rays to create two- and three-dimensional images of the spine so that doctors can examine the fractured bone from many angles.

How are compression fractures treated in the elderly?

Elderly patients with osteoporotic compression fractures are often treated with TLSO bracing and rehabilitation. To facilitate progress in the rehabilitation program, some patients can be treated in a less restrictive corset or abdominal binder if their pain is well controlled.

Is wedging the same as a compression fracture?

In a compression fracture, the vertebral body collapses. The most common type of compression fracture is a wedge fracture, in which the front of the vertebral body collapses but the back does not, meaning that the bone assumes a wedge shape.

What causes wedge compression fracture?

When an external force is applied to the spine, such as from a fall or carrying of a sudden heavy weight, the forces may exceed the ability of the bone within the vertebral body to support the load. This may cause the front part of the vertebral body to crush forming a wedge shape.

Is a compression fracture a broken back?

Two examples are compression fractures and axial burst fractures. A compression fracture occurs when the front of a vertebra breaks and loses a little of its height, but the back of that vertebra remains intact. Symptoms include pain in the back and sometimes in the arms or legs.

How painful is a spinal compression fracture?

For many people, a spinal compression fracture will hurt less as the bone heals. That can take up to 2 or 3 months. Other people will still have pain after the fracture has healed. Some people feel almost no symptoms from spinal compression fractures.

How long does it take for a thoracic compression fracture to heal?

Most compression fractures due to injury heal in 8 to 10 weeks with rest, wearing of a brace, and pain medicines. However, recovery can take much longer if surgery was done. Fractures due to osteoporosis often become less painful with rest and pain medicines.