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Old 02-15-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Spine Fractures

If you had surgery to repair the fractures was it down right away or were other interventions tried first like decreasing the pain and inflammation?

 
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Re: Spine Fractures

Hi Taape,

I was injured at work in November of 2009. I fractured my T12 vertebra. The Spine Dr. first tried rest and a back brace. Then in January of 2010, just a couple months later, I had a procedure done called Kyphoplasty where they inject a glue like substance.

I also had a full fusion of my L 3/4 & L 4/5 in July of last year.

 
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Thanks for the information Precious. Did the kyphoplasty reduce your pain? My fractures are rated at 10% - minimal. I wonder how bad these have to be to warrant surgery.

 
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Re: Spine Fractures

What did you actually fracture, and what part of the spine was involved? I was in severe pain, especially when I tried to walk, and this led to pain in my lower spine that required the more serious surgery. I also found I have Osteoporosis which is probably why I fractured so easily.

 
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I have no idea how I got the fractures but my doctor gave me an xray which showed fractures, then was given an MRI to confirm it, mine don't cause pain, and it's at 3 levels in the T spine all spread out. I have osteoporosis but I still don't know when I got the fractures.

 
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Re: Spine Fractures

With Osteoporosis you don't always know you have a fracture. Sometimes when you go in for an X-ray or MRI they will see it, if the Osteoporosis is the reason for the fracture. Are you taking any medication for the Osteoporosis, and calcium tablets?

 
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Re: Spine Fractures

"With Osteoporosis you don't always know you have a fracture."

It is amazing how many people(mostly elderly) that have fractures(usually compression or "wedge" fractures) and don't know it.

Usually nothing is done unless it is causing pain.

 
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Yes, I've been on medication for 4 years and am taking calcium and doing weight bearing activities. I have lower back and neck problems but my fractures are in the T spine so sometimes when I'm badly out of alignment my T spine area hurts but I'm not sure it's the fractures causing the pain. I'd rather skip invasive procedures if possible.

 
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