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Does anyone know how long these spinal fractures take to heal?

Question:
I have osteoporosis, and have just had an xray, because my ribs are very painful and burning. The xrays came out with 2 fractures on my spine..One thoracic and one cervical!!

Does anyone know how long these spinal fractures take to heal?


Answer:
You dont say how old you are. I am 71 and have been taking Fosomax for my poor bone density reading for over 12 months now. I had a fractured rib about 12 years agao now, but it mended okay before any xray discovered it.

My mother (who will be 98 next week) has had a number of spinal fractures. The first was when she was around 83 and it was a wedge fracture of the mid to upper vertebrae - you know the sort that causes what is called Dowager's Hump. She walked and walked and was in fairly good condition for someone who was obviously going to either develop - or already had - osteoporisis. She never actually believed the medical people who told her she had it, but that's another story!

I think painkillers are the best remedy for as long as it takes for the fracture to heal. You don't say if these fractures were diagnosied by xray and where they are. Do you have specialist surgeon dealing with bone fractures to talk to? If you are in Auckland I would recommend Mr Cullen - who is very good indeed.



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