Compression Fracture Overview
By Drew Heideman, PT, ATC
What is a Compression Fracture?
A Compression Fracture is an injury that occurs in the vertebrae, which are the bones in your back that make up your spine. Osteoporosis is a leading cause for compression fractures, as well as trauma and in some cases tumors. Patients who have osteoporosis should be aware that they are at a greater risk for developing compression fractures.
Compression Fracture Symptoms
Symptoms for a compression fracture typically start out as an aching pain in the middle of the back. Symptoms can include a limited range of motion with bending down or twisting or an abnormal posture, mainly leaning too far forward. Compression fractures are more frequent in the thoracic spine in the middle and upper back and are characterized by central unrelenting pain.
Treatment for Compression Fractures
If you are experiencing these symptoms call JOI-2000 to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopeadic physicians. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the physician can choose either a surgical or non-surgical approach to treatment. The surgical procedure will either consist of a vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty in which the compressed bone can be stabilized with surgical cement. If no surgery is needed, the physician can prescribe physical therapy to help speed the recovery process.
JOI Offers Physical Therapy Treatments for Compression Fractures
Physical therapy may be prescribed after the surgery or for those who are not candidates for surgery to aid with recovery. During therapy, soft tissue massage can be utilized to aid with the tight muscles around the spine that have tensed up in an attempt to help stabilize the spine around the injury site. Postural correction exercises can also play a key role in the recovery process and will be specifically prescribed by the physical therapist. If you would like to schedule a physical therapy appointment with JOI Rehab, call 904-858-7045.
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