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Compression fracture L4 50% August 4 2015 Incurred during a

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Compression fracture L4 50% August 4 2015 Incurred during a fall Severe low back pain Saw orthopedist 8-5 He prescribed Alleve and tylenol bid with codeine at night. Had first PT August 5 pain now worse. What can I expect in prognosis I am 88 and xray
showed osteoporosis. I am a retired radiologist.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Orthopedics
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 1 year ago.


I am an Orthopaedic surgeon and I would be happy to help you today.

Prognosis for vertebral compression fracture is usually good with pain relief obtained over a period of 6 to 12 weeks.

In case of pain persisting option of minimally invasive procedures of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty can be considered. In these procedures bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebral body to provide stiffness and pain relief. In kyohoplasty some amount of lost vertebral height can be regained.These can be done as daycare procedures under local anesthesia.

Calcitonin subcutaneous injections or nasal spray may also be used as it is expected to decrease pain associated with vertebral compression fractures.

Feel free to ask any follow-up questions.