Health In Focus: Spinal Compression Fractures

With the cold weather and snow coming, it may also mean icy sidewalks where people can fall and hurt their backs.

Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Jay Jagannathan, with Jagannathan Neurosurgery joins us live on ‘the four’ to talk about spinal compression fractures that are fractures around the vertebra of the spine.

And although these fractures can be extremely painful, they are luckily usually the majority of these fractures are almost always stable fractures meaning they don’t need surgery for the most part.

Most of these fractures happen in older people, namely older woman. The one thing you see when it happens in an atypical situation, like not getting any injuries beforehand, would be cancer since that weakens the bones.

These fractures usually happens after a traumatic event like a fall, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. And any pain that is out of general for the norm should be examined, and it’s as easy as getting x-rays.

These are the best ways to find out if you have a spinal compression fracture:

  • Get an x-ray
  • Get an MRI to see if the fracture is new, or if there is cancer

Treatment for these fractures include:

  • Bedrest, but that isn’t always the best option
  • Non-surgical treatment

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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