Re: A fall backward
Welcome to the board. I am sorry you fell and are now hurting. Were you suffering from back pain prior to the fall?
What you wrote about the X-ray results is probably something you can deal with by resting and taking it easy for several days.
The osteophytes are small bone growths, sometimes referred to as a bone spur that are an initial sign of some degenerative changes in the spine.
The human spine, due to walking on two feet and having to deal with the forces of gravity, begins to show some signs of aging as early as our 20s. It is common for anyone to have some signs such as osteophytes without it being a cause for concern. These would not be caused by the fall the day before, but a sign of something going on over a period of time.
--I just noticed your "Dear Doctor." On this website the people writing on the forum are not medical professionals. In this case, we are people with back and neck problems sharing information based on our personal experiences, etc. Anything you read on this forum is no substitute for a consultation with a medical professional.
Last edited by teteri66; 08-31-2012 at 11:02 AM.