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Spinal Compression Fractures

The spine is one of the most important bone structures in our body. The reason being is that it helps us stand straight and connects all of our nerves to benefit the function of our body. Afterall, our spine is made of 33 bones, known as vertebrae. Evidently, this provides the main support for our body, allowing us to stand upright, bend, and twist. As an essential bone structure, it is also delicate, making it vulnerable to a sprain and fracture. A spinal fracture is very different from a broken arm or leg. A fracture in the spine can lead to pinched or damaged spinal nerves and can even harm the spinal cord. In other words, injuries can happen from a wide variety of factors. Depending on how severe the injury is, one may not experience pain in day-to-day life.

As mentioned previously, there are different kinds of fractures that can happen throughout the spine. To explain, a compression fracture occurs most often in the lower back, the middle of the back, or the lumbar and thoracic spine. As we grow older, spine bones can weaken. As a result, a simple activity such as twisting, coughing, or even laughing can cause a compression fracture. These compression fractures are the reason that bones break down in the front area, whereas the back area remains solid. That is why these small breakdowns can actually cause your spine to slump forward and lead to a hunchback.

Luckily, there are ways to combat the fracture. Physical therapists can evaluate your medical history, any medications you are on, and your current symptoms. Physical therapy usually begins after the fracture has been deemed "stable.” A physical therapist will perform an examination of your spine and feel areas that you experience pain or tenderness.Furthermore, they evaluate the strength in the spine, legs, and shoulders. However, surgery is rarely needed in cases of compression fracture. Physical therapy is one of the top choices in relieving pain and other ailments. Therefore, specialists can help you regain the strength and mobility that you may have lost while the fracture healed. An example of a treatment plan may include:

  • Pain Management

  • Flexibility Exercises

  • Strengthening Exercises

  • Posture and Movement Education

  • Fall Prevention

  • Referral to a Nutritionist

At United Rehab Physical Therapy, our therapists are highly trained to deal with spinal compression fracture. We understand the pain and trauma that many patients go through after an injury. So, stop into our Ronkonkoma location or any of our other locations for a consultation and evaluation! We look forward to meeting with you!

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