Spinal Fracture

 
  • Postmenopausal
  • Stroke
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Use of certain medications
    • Long-acting benzodiazepines
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Long-term steroid use
  • Limited physical activity
  • Housebound
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Mother or maternal grandmother with hip fracture (a genetic disposition)
  • Other factors that may increase the risk of vertebral fractures include the following:
    • Use of antipsychotic medications
    • Poor mental functioning
    • Poor mobility
    • Poor strength
    • Previous vertebral fracture within the last year

Symptoms
Symptoms may include mild to severe pain in the middle or lower back.
Diagnosis
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Test may include:

  • X-rays—of your spine to look for a fracture
  • Bone mineral density test—to help determine if you have osteoporosis, and if so, how severe it is

Treatment
Treatment includes:
Vertebroplasty is a relatively new procedure. Liquid cement is injected into the vertebra. It can help relieve the pain associated with vertebral fractures. This is not a common operation. It is not suitable for everyone. Talk with your doctor to see if this option may be right for you.

 

 

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