Health In Focus: Spinal Compression Fracture

There are so many different things that can cause back pain and numbness—one of them is a spinal compression fracture.

Dr. Jay Jagannathan with Jagannathan Neurosurgery has a few insights on the condition and why it happens.

Osteoporotic patients are at a higher risk for this type of fracture in the vertebrae.

“Fortunately these fractures are usually stable, meaning they are not typically fractures that would paralyze someone, but could cause extreme pain,” Jagannathan says.

Vertebral Compression Fractures

  • Caused by loss of bone mass from aging, osteoperosis or from cancer
  • Classically involves the vertebral body (weight-bearing part of vertebrae)

Symptoms

  • Back Pain
  • Numbness, Tingling, Weakness
  • Urinary Symptoms

Treatments

  • Bedrest
  • Analgesics
  • Bracing
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty

For more health information, contact Jagannathan Neurosurgery for neurosurgery, neurology and interventional pain management.

Northern Michigan: 989-701-2538

Upper Peninsula: 906-253-1341

Southeast Michigan: 248-792-6527

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