Compression Fractures Specialist

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Compression Fractures services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

If you’re experiencing ongoing back pain, numbness, or tingling, it could be due to compression fractures. At Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain in Newark and Milford, Delaware, the expert pain management specialists diagnose and treat such fractures to ensure proper healing and alleviate discomfort. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Q & A

What are compression fractures? 

Compression fractures are small breaks in the bones in your spine that often occur in women over 50. As bones weaken due to aging or low bone density, your risk of compression fractures increases. 

The Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain specialists offer effective treatments for compression fractures to help you feel better and heal quickly.

What are the symptoms of compression fractures?

Symptoms you may develop as a result of compression fractures include: 

  • Back pain
  • Hunched-over appearance
  • Loss of height
  • Pinched nerves
  • Decreased spinal mobility
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Bowel or bladder problems

Your symptoms might be mild or severe and crippling. See the experts at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain at the first sign of a problem. 

What are the risk factors for compression fractures?

Nearly 1 million compression fractures occur yearly in the United States. Common risk factors include:

  • Being a woman
  • Low bone density 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Going through menopause 
  • Car accidents or other types of trauma
  • Cancerous tumors
  • History of compression fractures
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Too little calcium or vitamin D
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption

About 1 in 4 women over 50 experiences at least one compression fracture and almost half of all people over 80 have had one. 

How does my provider diagnose compression fractures?

To find out if you have a compression fracture and develop a treatment plan, your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain provider reviews your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. 

They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, evaluate your spine’s alignment, and look for signs of nerve damage.

Your pain specialist orders a CT scan, spinal X-rays, an MRI, a bone scan, or another imaging procedure to find the root cause of your discomfort.

How are compression fractures treated?

The most common treatments for compression fractures are lifestyle changes, medications, back braces, and minimally invasive procedures. During a procedure called vertebroplasty, your specialist injects a special bone cement into the affected vertebrae. 

Lifestyle changes include getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious foods, quitting smoking, and not drinking alcohol in excess. 

To find out if you have compression fractures or get treated for them, call Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain or use the online booking tool today.

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