Treatments for Compression Fractures
It is important for all people that have diminishing bone density to know all about compression fractures, and how to prevent them. Prevention is the key, because though there are procedures available to treat compression fractures that have occurred, they do not always restore patients to their previously level of functioning. Prevention typically involves some combination of medications, nutritional counseling, and exercises to improve the strength of the weight bearing bones in our spine. If these treatments fail to prevent compression fractures from occurring, then surgery to rebuild the vertebral bodies in the spinal bones may be a necessary option. Let's take a look at the resources and treatments available to patients who are at risk or have suffered from compression fractures.
Compression fractures typically involve the collapse of the vertebral bodies in the vertebral bones, typically as a result of a weakening of the bones that make them vulnerable to collapse. Typically, the vertebral bones weaken as a result of a loss of bone density, brought on by a combination of old age or the effects of post-menopausal changes in the female body. These vertebral bodies, rather than suffering from clean breaks, kind of crumple in on themselves. The result is a vertebral body that takes on more of a wedge shape rather than its previous block shape. These changes may cause a humping of the spine, pain, and disability related to the section of the spine that is affected. Here are some things doctors may do to prevent this from happening or to treat it after it does happen.
Prevention: The most common resources available for the prevention of compression fractures include exercise, medications, and changes nutritional changes. Let's first start with exercise. The bones are not simply the framing to our bodies that are unaffected by the health of the body and how the body is used. The bones in our bodies are living organs. They must be used to remain strong, and they must be adequately supplied with nutrients to remain tough and durable. From life experience, you know that the muscles get stronger when you challenge them and are most active. So it is also with the bones. The more active you keep your body, the stronger your bones will be.
Some exercises that increase bone density include jump roping, body weight exercises, stair running, jump training, plyometrics, and weight training. All of these exercises mentioned are generally for relatively youthful and healthy individuals, and may not be appropriate to some people whose joints are more sensitive to high impact activities. For those people who are more sensitive to some of these more intense exercises, activities such as walking and running on elliptical training machines also increase bone density.
Though medications have been shown to increase bone mineral density, natural foods such as dairy products, as well as many different types of fruits and vegetables may fortify the strength of your bones. For those of you who want to boost the toughness of your bones, organic foods such as pumpkin seeds, nuts, and leafy greens should stimulate your bones into heading in the right direction.
Treatments: In some cases, compression fractures may occur due to injury and despite the best efforts of the doctors and their patients at preventing the condition from occurring. Luckily, these conditions can be treated due to the latest medical technologies available and because of the body's miraculous ability to heal itself.
Non-surgical treatments For Compression Fractures: Often, compression fractures may improve on their own through. During this healing time, many patients get through this time by limiting physical activity and by taking analgesic pain medications. Back bracing and bed rest may be used in the early recovery period to minimize motion while the body is still vulnerable.