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Vertebral Compression Fracturein Phoenix, AZ

Treatment Options

If osteoporosis caused your VCF, your healthcare professional will discuss treatments, which may include physical therapy, vitamin D and calcium supplements, and hormone replacement therapy.

  • Rest
  • Ice therapy
  • Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medication and prescription muscle relaxants and pain medication can alleviate nerve or bone pain.
  • Back brace to support your back and limit your fractured vertebrae’s movement as it heals.
  • Surgery: vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty

SYMPTOMS

Some patients report feeling no back pain following a VCF, while others report excruciating back pain.

Those who experienced no back pain typically noticed the other symptoms associated with a compression fracture.

  • Decreased pain when lying on back
  • Deformity
  • Height loss
  • Increased pain when standing or walking
  • Limited spinal mobility
  • Sudden onset of back pain
  • Back pain travels into the arms or legs
  • Numbness or weakness in arms or legs

CAUSES

Osteoporosis is the leading cause of vertebral compression fractures, and the severity of this disease affects what activities may cause a VCF.

For those living with mild to moderate osteoporosis, daily activities such as opening a window or cleaning may cause a compression fracture. For those with severe osteoporosis, sneezing and coughing could result in a fracture. Other causes of wedge fractures include:

  • Trauma to the spine: car accidents, injuries, falls
  • Metastatic tumors: Cancer related tumors can destroy parts of the vertebra until they are weak enough to collapse.

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Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.