FAQ: How long does it take for a fractured disc to heal?

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A spinal fracture takes between six and 12 weeks to heal. During the healing process, spinal bones don’t return to their normal shape.

Can a fractured disc heal?

The fractures usually heal on their own and the pain goes away. However, sometimes the pain can persist if the crushed bone fails to heal adequately. In severe cases of osteoporosis, actions as simple as bending forward can be enough to cause a “crush fracture”, or spinal compression fracture.

Can you walk with a fractured disc?

Depending on how severe your injury is, you may experience pain, difficulty walking, or be unable to move your arms or legs (paralysis). Many fractures heal with conservative treatment; however severe fractures may require surgery to realign the bones.

How long does it take for a fractured disk to heal?

Compression fractures usually heal on their own in about 3 months. While that happens, your doctor may suggest you try some things at home that can make you feel better, such as pain medicines, rest, physical therapy, or a back brace.

Can you walk with a spinal compression fracture?

Low impact activities, such as walking or tai chi, are good for your heart, and a healthy circulatory system can increase blood flow to the fracture and help your bones heal faster. It’s also essential to avoid bed rest to minimize your chances of developing blood clots or deep vein thrombosis in your legs.

How should you sleep with a fractured spine?

Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. This will decrease pressure on your back. You may also sleep on your side with 1 or both of your knees bent and a pillow between them. It may also be helpful to sleep on your stomach with a pillow under you at waist level.

How painful is a fractured vertebrae?

If the entire vertebral column breaks, it results in a burst fracture. If the compression is mild, you will experience only mild pain and minimal deformity. If the compression is severe, affecting the spinal cord or nerve roots, you will experience severe pain and a hunched forward deformity (kyphosis).

What do you do for a fractured back?

The majority of fractures heal with pain medication, reduction in activity, medications to stabilize bone density, and a good back brace to minimize motion during the healing process. Most people return to their everyday activities. Some may need further treatment, such as surgery.

Will you be paralyzed if you fracture your spine?

A broken back involving the spinal cord can paralyze you for life, cutting off communication between the brain and the body below the level of injury. This can limit or stop the body’s ability to transmit sensory information and motor function information from the brain past the point of the injury.

How long does it take for a t7 fracture to heal?

The natural course of bone healing is usually four to six weeks for a vertebral compression fracture.

What exercises can you do with a fractured vertebrae?

As your spine heals, the physical therapist may have you do weight-bearing activities (such as walking or tennis) and/or weightlifting. These strengthen your bones.

What happens if a compression fracture doesn’t heal?

Complications of compression fractures include: Fractured bones that do not heal after treatment, which can lead to damage of the nearby vertebrae. Blood clots in the legs due to decreased mobility.

How serious is a compression fracture of the spine?

When left untreated, a vertebral compression fracture can lead to a multitude of back issues, as well as health risks and even death. While some health problems such as kyphosis—an unnatural curvature of the spine—result directly from a compression fracture, other health risks are a byproduct of pain and immobility.

Is a compression fracture considered a broken back?

A compression fracture occurs when the front of a vertebra breaks and loses a little of its height, but the back of that vertebra remains intact. Symptoms include pain in the back and sometimes in the arms or legs.

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