Vertebrae fracture can be a serious source of neck or back pain. These fractures are commonly caused by traumatic injury from sports or an accident. However, the elderly are also particularly prone to various fractures with the onset of osteoarthritis and other bone-thinning conditions.
For some, a vertebrae fracture is not necessarily as serious as it sounds — it’s just painful. A compression fracture only leads to back pain and needs to be stabilized so that it can heal on its own. Only in the event of serious trauma and debilitating symptoms is spine surgery a recommended treatment. In many cases, a series of conservative, nonsurgical therapy can effectively treat the symptoms of a vertebrae fracture.
Causes of vertebrae fracture
The fracture of a vertebra can be a painful experience, or it can go completely undetected, depending on the severity of the injury and whether or not the fracture causes nerve compression. In many cases, a compression fracture will cause localized pain and stiffness, although other pain-related symptoms can develop as a result of the damage.
Some of the most common causes of vertebrae fracture include:
- Traumatic injury
- Aging and otherwise weakened bones
- Cancer or another disease
If you are seriously injured, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Treatment of vertebrae compression fracture or fractures can sometimes be less intensive than some patients expect. In fact, with the exception of a massive injury, a crack in one or more vertebrae can often be managed with conservative care. Painkillers typically are used to reduce the painful symptoms of the injury, while the back is stabilized and allowed to heal over time.
If, over time, the symptoms of your vertebrae fracture do not lessen, your doctor may recommend spine surgery. Before undergoing a traditional spinal fusion to treat a fractured vertebra, you should research the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional spinal fusion, allowing our patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication and infection.
To learn more about the causes and treatments of vertebrae fracture, contact our team at Laser Spine Institute. We are ready to review your MRI report or CT scan to help you choose the treatment that is right for you.