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Are Spine Fracture Symptoms Obvious?

Are Spine Fracture Symptoms Obvious?

Nearly 65 million Americans report experiencing back pain: a complex condition that’s often difficult to diagnose and treat. If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with it, you know just how frustrating it can be when the possible causes of your pain seem infinite.

Many different factors contribute to back pain, and one that’s often overlooked is spine fracture. Spine fracture happens when one or more of the bones in your spine break — and it’s particularly common if you’re a woman over age 50.

Like any broken bone, spine fractures cause noticeable symptoms like pain and limited mobility. But since back pain is so common, it’s easy to overlook the symptoms you’re experiencing or mistake them for something else.

As a leading spine surgeon, George Kakoulides, MD, specializes in identifying and treating complex cases of back pain. If you’re suffering pain that seems to be getting worse, it’s time to determine if your symptoms could be a sign of a fracture.

Recognizing the signs of a spine fracture

Spine fractures typically occur in two ways: traumatic injury or degeneration. A traumatic injury, like a car accident or a fall from a great height, may result in an acute vertebral fracture. Degenerative compression fractures develop when your bones get too fragile, and these fractures commonly occur alongside osteoporosis.

If you suffer an acute injury, the pain generally comes on suddenly and intensely. If you have osteoporosis and you develop a compression fracture, you may not be able to pinpoint exactly when your injury occurred.

Regardless, spine fracture symptoms are severe and difficult to ignore. The most common symptoms of spine fracture are:

Any of these symptoms could indicate spine fracture, especially if you’re a woman over 50. Your risk of osteoporosis increases as you get older, and women are more likely to develop osteoporosis (and suffer osteoporosis-related fractures) than men.

Seeking treatment for spine fracture

If you have sudden onset back pain, don’t wait to see if your symptoms go away on their own. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kakoulides to find out if it could be a spine fracture.

Our team does comprehensive physical evaluations for spine fractures, as well as medical imaging to evaluate the extent of your bone and nerve damage. After diagnosing your condition, Dr. Kakoulides recommends treatment to promote healing. 

Mild fractures and vertebral cracks may heal with a period of rest, pain medication, and assistive devices, like a back brace. Severe spine fractures may require minimally invasive spine surgery to reduce your risk of complications.

Dr. Kakoulides may perform lumbar fusion for fractures in the lower back, vertebroplasty to increase spinal stability, or kyphoplasty to create space in the spine and stabilize it. No matter which treatment you need, he often recommends physical therapy to aid in recovery and help you regain strength and mobility.

Sudden, severe back pain could be a symptom of spine fracture — and it shouldn’t be ignored. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kakoulides at 631-358-2589 or request more information online now.

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