If you've recently been diagnosed with bone loss, fractures are the number one concern. Spinal fractures are very common. Below is an explanation on what they are, how they are diagnosed and how they should be treated.
What is a spinal compression fracture?
Compression fractures cause your vertebral bone and body to collapse, in the spine. This generally occurs in the posterior portion of the vertebra giving it a wedge shape. Multiple compression fractures can occur in more than one area of the spine which can cause a loss of height .
What causes compression fracture?
Spinal compression fractures are a common result of the bone weakening caused by osteoporosis and low bone density also known as osteopenia. These can occur from a simple action like, coughing, sneezing, bending forward, stretching or falls. You may be having small hairline fractures of the vertebra which can turn into a compression fracture from the weakening of the bon...
Strong core muscles are important for a wide range of reasons. Strong core muscles form your center; they protect your spine and provide the power for much of what you do, including many activities of daily living.
Strong core muscles are not always the same as having "6-pack abs." I have taken care of professional athletes with lower back pain and told them they need to strengthen their core. When I tell them this, their initial reaction is to look at me as if I have two heads. After all, these folks generally do have 6-pack abs and can do hundreds of sit-ups. How can I be telling them that they are weak? But then I explain to them that it's not just about sculpted, strong abs. It is about strengthening the abdominal muscles, particularly the lower abdominal muscles in ways that integrate them with the pelvis and the lumbar spine in such a way that they automatically contract in order to protect the lumbar spine and pelvis.
When professional athletes that I have wor...
Alternative Names Fracture of the nose; Broken nose First Aid Reassure the patient and try to keep the patient calm. Have the patient breathe through the mouth and lean forward in a sitting position in order to keep blood from going down the back of the throat. Apply cold compresses to the nose to reduce swelling. If possible, the patient should hold the compress so that there isn't too much pressure on the nose. To help relieve pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended. Do Not Do NOT try to straighten a broken nose. Do NOT move the person if there is reason to suspect a head or neck injury . Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if Get medical help right away if: Bleeding will not stop Clear fluid keeps draining from the nose You suspect a blood clot in the septum You suspect a neck or head injury The nose looks deformed The person is having difficulty breathing
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