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What causes back discomfort inspite of having compression fracture of the vertebra?

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Posted on Fri, 27 Jun 2014
Question: A month ago I suffered a Compression fracture of T-12. Probably happened while I was at the Gym working out. Since that time I have had some back discomfort, but I do have a lot of pain in my left hip, so much so that I need to take pain meds. How long do you think this pain will last and does the Compression fracture heal in a reasonable period of time ?

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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
6-8 weeks.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
A compression fracture of the vertebra usually takes 6-8 weeks for healing after proper rest and immobilization. Since it is already one month since the injury you can check the progress radiologically after 2 weeks more.
The pain in the hip that you are having is not likely to be related to the fractured vertebra.
The pain is more likely to be due to muscle spasm which can happen due to electrolyte imbalance or Vitamin D3 deficiency.
It is better to drink sufficient fluid and also see that your intake of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium ) is sufficient. You can drink Oralyte for this. It does not seem much serious issue but pain should be controlled. There are good medicines like muscle relaxants and vitamin D3 supplements which can be used for this purpose, your clinician would know a suitable match for you after examination
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (20 hours later)
Thanks for the update on my Compression fracture.
I will endeavor to load up with the recommended items. I guess I am not taking near enough vitamins or Electrolyte solutions.
Today my question is ..... I wonder if I can start a light workout, like low impact bike ride, low impact hike, or a gym workout that would not add stress to my body.
Thanks...... XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
Yes you can start with a low impact exercise and a mild workout at gym. In case there is any sharp pain at the site of T12 then do stop the exercise immediately.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes back discomfort inspite of having compression fracture of the vertebra?

Brief Answer: 6-8 weeks. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. A compression fracture of the vertebra usually takes 6-8 weeks for healing after proper rest and immobilization. Since it is already one month since the injury you can check the progress radiologically after 2 weeks more. The pain in the hip that you are having is not likely to be related to the fractured vertebra. The pain is more likely to be due to muscle spasm which can happen due to electrolyte imbalance or Vitamin D3 deficiency. It is better to drink sufficient fluid and also see that your intake of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium ) is sufficient. You can drink Oralyte for this. It does not seem much serious issue but pain should be controlled. There are good medicines like muscle relaxants and vitamin D3 supplements which can be used for this purpose, your clinician would know a suitable match for you after examination I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal