Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment
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Vertebral compression fracture is the term given to bones of the spine (i.e. the vertebra) that have collapsed. This is due to defects or weaknesses in the bone, causing reductions in its height relative to the bones on top of or below it. These defects accumulate until cracks appear in the bones affected. As a result, the bone can no longer hold up its portion of the load on the spine.
Treatments for Vertebral Compression Fractures are generally non-to minimally invasive and are conservative in nature.
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Causes of Vertebral Compression Fractures
Vertebral compression fractures are common in cases of osteoporosis, which is a loss of bone density. They are also associated with cancers in the bone or malignant tumors on the spine. Vertebral compression fractures are most often seen in older individuals. Fractures can also result from motor accidents, or falls from up high. In these cases, medical treatment should be applied straight away. Compression fractures can cause chronic pain and may even result in spinal cord injuries or paralysis if left untreated.
Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures
If the pain from compression fractures is relatively mild, it can be managed by oral painkillers such as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other examples of oral medications for pain are opioids, such as morphine or codeine. These drugs carry risks of psychological dependence, tolerance, and organ failure if taken consistently over a long period of time.