The last blog discussed where a person may experience compression fractures. It also outlined wedge fractures and how they occur. This post will talk about the other forms of compression fractures and symptoms of a compression fracture. While wedge fractures are the most common type of compression fracture, here are a few other types:
- Crush fracture. This is when the entire bone breaks, instead of just the front of the vertebra, it may be considered a crush fracture.
- Burst fracture. This is a type of fracture that results in some loss of the height in both the front and back walls of the vertebral body. This is an important distinction because burst fractures can be unstable, possibly resulting in progressive deformity or even neurologic compromise.
Compression Fracture Symptoms::
- Acute back pain
- Chronic pain
- Loss of height
- Crowding of internal organs
- Loss of muscle and aerobic conditioning due to lack of activity and exercise.
These symptoms can lead to a person’s self image and self-esteem. Immediate care should be sought if one suspects they are experiencing a compression fracture, as to not cause further injury. For more information on about these fractures, click here.
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