If you have been having pain in your back, particularly in the upper and middle part of the back or thoracic region, you may have spinal compression fractures. Spinal compression fractures occur when one or more of the bones in the spine collapse or fracture because of an injury or disease. Once the bone shatters, it can no longer support itself, causing the spine to collapse and curve over.
Spinal compression fractures can occur as a result of an injury, but the most common cause is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms related to spinal compression fractures, reach out to our compassionate patient advocates at NJ Spine & Orthopedic.
Symptoms of spinal compression can vary in severity from mild to severe. It usually begins with back pain, which can vary from sharp pain that comes on suddenly to chronic back pain that continues over a long period of time. The back pain may worsen with standing or walking and get somewhat less severe when resting. Other symptoms may include:
Multiple compression fractures or compression fractures that are severe can also present other symptoms, such as:
Symptoms are different for everyone, so let your doctor know if you’re feeling back pain or other problems. They can help you find out what’s causing it.
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If you are experiencing back pain, your doctor can help determine the cause. Schedule an appointment to discuss the following:
Your physician may order one or more of the following imaging tests to determine if you have a spinal compression fracture, the severity of the fracture, and its location. They may order one or more scans to better understand the treatment regimen that is right for you.
It’s important to reach out to your doctor at the first sign of any pain to make sure you get the treatment you deserve.
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Your physician will make every effort to focus your treatment on relieving your pain and preventing another fracture. Some common treatment options include:
There are many treatment options available, so it’s best to meet with your medical provider to see which option best fits your needs and symptoms.
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we care about relieving your pain and getting you back to enjoying your life the way you should. Back pain can be debilitating and may leave you frustrated with treatment options. Our friendly and compassionate staff always puts your comfort and safety above everything else. We use the latest minimally-invasive procedures to relieve your pain, shorten your recovery time, and help you get your life back.
If you are suffering from spinal compression fractures, call us today at (866) 553-0612 or use our easy-to-complete online form to set up a free consultation. Our Concierge Team is here to help answer any questions you may have as well.
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