Spinal Fracture

Spinal fractures can happen from something as dramatic as a fall or motor vehicle accident, or in people with osteoporosis a simple movement like coughing or reaching overhead. Osteoporosis makes the vertebrae vulnerable to compression fractures . Treatment options are based upon the type of fracture and other factors. Non-surgical options include bracing, light exercise and medication.

For osteoporotic fractures, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may be performed in which a bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae.

Spinal Fracture Symptoms

Many people mistake spinal fractures for backaches, which they assume are just part of getting older. The primary symptom of compression fractures is back pain that is made worse by movement. When the spinal cord is involved, numbness, tingling, weakness, bowel/bladder dysfunction or even paralysis may occur.

The pain from an osteoporotic fracture is not always severe – sometimes it is mild. Many people mistake these spinal fractures for backaches, which they assume are just part of getting older. The primary symptom seen in compression fractures is moderate to severe back pain that is made worse by movement. When the spinal cord is involved, numbness, tingling, weakness, bowel/bladder dysfunction or even paralysis may occur.

Treatments For Spinal Fractures

Treatment goals include protecting nerve function and restoring alignment and strength of the spine. Treatment options for spinal fractures are based upon the type of fracture and other factors. Non-surgical treatment options include wearing a brace for sitting and standing activities for 6 to 12 weeks. Patients should walk and do other exercises while healing and may takemedications for pain. Depending on the symptoms and the type of fracture, surgery may be an option. For some fractures, metal screws and rods or plates may be used to realign the spine.

For osteoporotic fractures, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may be performed. These are minimally invasive procedures in which a bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.

During Nerve Block Treatment

  • You will lie on a table in a procedure room.
  • The skin in the area where the injection will be made will be cleaned.
  • The skin is numbed with lidocaine.
  • Using fluoroscopy (live X-ray) for guidance, the physician directs a needle toward the area of the nerve root to be evaluated.
  • The anesthetic and steroid solution is injected.
  • The injection procedure will take about 30 minutes.

Screening And Diagnosis Of A Spinal Fracture

The first step in the evaluation of spinal fractures is to get a detailed history about what caused the injury. The doctor will perform a physical examination. This may include checking for swelling, bruising, tenderness and other signs of injury to the head, abdomen and back as well as evaluating strength, motion and alignment of arms and legs.

A neurologic examination may also be done. This may include tests of sensory (temperature, pain and pressure sensitivity), motor (muscle strength) and reflex functions of the nervous system. In addition, X-rays may be necessary to look for fractures or dislocations. Often a CT scan or a MRI scans may be ordered to determine the extent of injury.

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At our clinic, we properly determine the cause of discomfort, plan strategies and suggest therapies, accordingly. Our main aim is to ensure the complete well-being and health of patients; therefore we use several holistic treatments that stimulate the ability of the body to repair the damaged area.

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