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How long does it take for a T10 compression fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a T10 compression fracture to heal?

Compression fractures usually heal on their own in about 3 months. While that happens, your doctor may suggest you try some things at home that can make you feel better, such as pain medicines, rest, physical therapy, or a back brace.

How is a T10 fracture treated?

The most common treatments for a thoracic compression fracture are: pain medications, decreasing activity, and bracing. In rare cases, surgery may also be necessary. Mild pain medications can reduce pain when taken properly.

What is a T10 fracture?

Definition/Description. T9-T10 chance fracture from MVA. Most thoracic spine fractures occur in the lower thoracic spine, with 60% to 70% of thoraco-lumbar fractures occurring in the T11 to L2 region, which is bio-mechanically weak for stress. The majority of these fractures occur without spinal cord injury.

Where is your T10 on your spine?

The T10 vertebra can be found toward the bottom of the thoracic (middle) region of the spine, in the lower part of the ribcage. Like other vertebrae in the thoracic spine, the T10 vertebra connects to the back of the rib cage and helps support the upper body.

What is at the level of T10?

T10 is situated at the umbilicus. T12 ends just above the hip girdle. L1 to L5. The cutaneous dermatome representing the hip girdle and groin area is innervated by L1 spinal cord.

What are the complications of a compression fracture?

Complications of vertebral compression fractures include the following: deep venous thrombosis; acceleration of osteoporosis; loss of height; respiratory or gastrointestinal disturbances; and emotional and social problems secondary to unremitting pain and loss of independence.

How long for compression fracture to heal?

Most compression fractures due to injury heal in 8 to 10 weeks with rest, wearing of a brace, and pain medicines. However, recovery can take much longer if surgery was done.

What is treatment for compression fracture?

For the most part, nonoperative treatments are recommended for compression fracture. These treatments include pain medications and modified physical activity. The doctor may recommend wearing a brace that helps support the back and prevents bending forward, and therefore removes pressure from the fractured vertebrae.

What causes compression fractures?

A compression fracture is most likely to be caused by serious trauma to the spine, particularly in the case of falling from an extreme height. Because of the force necessary to cause compression fractures, they often occur in tandem with other injuries, including damage to the spinal cord and severe ligament damage.

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Ruth Doyle