Broken Back Treatment
Treatment for a vertebral compression fracture may include bed rest, a back brace, and medication for pain. Additional treatment for a vertebral compression fracture may include calcium supplements and medication for osteoporosis. Rarely, surgery may be required to repair fractured bone.
Specific treatment for a vertebral compression fracture may include:
- Bed rest
- Decrease level of activity
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Back brace for a vertebral compression fracture
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Calcium supplements
- Medication for osteoporosis:
- Calcitonin (Miacalcin, Osteocalcin)
- Estrogen replacement therapy for women with osteoporosis
- Testosterone therapy for men with osteoporosis
- Raloxifene hydrochloride (Evista)
- Bisphosphonate medications for osteoporosis:
- Surgical procedure for repairing a vertebral compression fracture
- Cement-like material is injected into the fractured bone
- The material hardens and supports the vertebra
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Broken Back Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of vertebral compression fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a vertebral compression fracture again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Broken Back Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a vertebral compression fracture:
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