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Spinal Fracture Leads to Back Pain: Essential Treatment Methods

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 03:41 AM

An injury or fracture in one or more of the bones in the spinal cord results in spinal fracture. Spinal fracture often occurs due to bone loss. The primary causes of bone loss can be menopause, hyperthyroidism, cancer, radiation therapy, primary osteoporosis, or chemotherapy.
 
The main symptom of spinal fracture includes back pain. If you are suffering from back pain that has been constant for a few days, ensure that you visit a doctor at the earliest. You should also keep a regular check on your height. During spinal fractures, the bone loss could result in height shrinkage. Unfortunately, if a person suffers from an injury to the spinal cord that has resulted in spinal fracture, there are more chances of fractures. This can also lead to the person having a dowager’s hump.

 
Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury

If the spinal cord injury has resulted from osteoporosis, then the treatment should focus on preventing spinal fracture, back pain, and the underlying reason of osteoporosis as well. Doctors may suggest the use of nonsurgical methods to treat spinal fracture and to address the spinal cord injury. If a patient wishes to follow this method, then he or she should expect the back pain to die down completely in three months. However, the treatment allows patients to see improvement in a week or so. To manage back pain, doctors prescribe bed rest, pain medications, physical activity, and back bracing.
 
Over-the-counter pain medications are usually very helpful when it comes to relieving back pain. Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are two nonprescription medications available for spinal fracture. Muscle relaxants and pain medications of narcotics are usually prescribed to cure short periods of pain in the spinal cord. They are not prescribed for the long term to prevent addiction to the medication.
 
Bed rest, as a part of treatment, will only be recommended for a few days. Inactivity may lead to increased bone loss, which increases the chances of fractures in the future.
 
Just like a fracture is covered with a cast for treatment, a spinal fracture or spinal cord injury to the spinal cord may require the patient to wear a back brace. This treatment helps the fractured vertebrae from making unnecessary movements. The back brace increases control over movement, which results in combating pain. Patients should not overuse the back brace. Back bracing should be used as a mode of treatment after consulting a doctor.

If a patient continues to suffer from back pain even after some time has passed, then he or she should consider opting for a surgical treatment. Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and spinal fusion surgery are three surgical treatment methods.
 

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Spinal fracture arises due to injury in the spinal cord. There are non- surgical and surgical methods of treatment. Surgical methods should be adopted when natural methods do not work. Spinal fracture gives rise to back pain for which there are different medications available.
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