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(or “vertebral bodies”) are the bones that form the spinal column. A compression fracture of the spine describes a collapse of one or more of these bones.
Anyone can get a compression fracture of the spine from a serious fall or car accident. People with weakened bones can get them from a minor fall or without any trauma at all. Medical problems that cause weakened bones include
and osteogenesis imperfecta.
Someone with a compression fracture of the spine may have pain that happens right after an injury. Or they might notice back pain that seems to start without a known cause, but doesn’t go away. Sometimes people with a compression fracture of the spine do not have any pain at all.
Over time, a compression fracture can lead to loss of height and curving of the spine.
To diagnose a compression fracture, health care providers talk to patients about their symptoms, do a physical exam, and get X-rays. Sometimes other imaging tests, like a CT scan or MRI, are done to get more information about the fracture and the areas around it. A bone density test may be done to learn more about the strength of the bones.
Treatment for a compression fracture of the spine depends on how severe it is and if there are other medical problems. Treatments may include:
Call your health care provider right away if your child has:
How a child heals from a compression fracture depends on how severe it is and what caused it. Help your child get the best result by going to all follow-up doctor visits, giving medicines as directed, and following instructions about which activities are OK and which to avoid.
Osteogenesis imperfecta (or brittle bone disease) prevents the body from building strong bones. People with OI have bones that might break easily.
Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.
Many kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here’s what to expect.
Cervical kyphosis is a curve at the top of the spine (backbone). Usually, the condition isn’t serious, but a pinch in the spinal cord can cause nerve damage.
Physical therapy helps people get back to full strength and movement – and manage pain – in key parts of the body after an illness or injury.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.
Spondylolisthesis happens when a bone in the back slips forward and out of place. In kids and teens, itâs a common cause of lower back pain.
Spondylolysis is a very common cause of lower back pain in kids, teens, and young adults. It usually heals quickly with rest and other nonsurgical treatments.
Some teens with scoliosis wear a brace to help stop their curve from getting worse as they grow. Find out more about how scoliosis braces work and how long people wear them in this article for teens.
Some kids with scoliosis wear a brace to help stop their curve from getting worse as they grow. Find out more about the different types of scoliosis braces.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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