A spinal fracture is a crack or break in a spinal vertebra. Most spinal fractures are the result of a trauma, such as a car accident.
Since some types of spinal fractures are very serious, call 911 or seek immediate emergency care if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident. Immediate medical care provided by experts at Dignity Health Central California can help prevent complications and address any other injuries.
Your healing and well-being remain our focus if you’ve experienced a spinal fracture in Central California. Find a Doctor who specializes in treating spine conditions and injuries with humankindness.
Care for Spinal Compression Fractures at Dignity Health Central California
Spinal fractures often happen in the lumbar spine (low back), thoracic spine (middle back), or where the two meet. With a minor compression fracture, you may experience mild pain. Other types of spinal fractures can cause severe back pain that gets worse when you move.
Injuries that affect the spinal cord can cause loss of bladder or bowel control. Tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs also also are symptoms of a spinal fracture. Severe conditions can stop nerve function from the middle of your body (trunk area) to your legs and feet.
Talk to your doctor about any signs or symptoms. After a thorough medical examination, your doctor will be able to determine if you have a spinal fracture. Treatment will depend on the severity, spinal fracture type, and what is best for your unique needs.
Spinal Fracture Treatment & Prevention
Many spinal fractures respond to nonsurgical treatments, which include back bracing or casting and physical therapy. Rehabilitation exercises can help prevent future back pain. Surgery is sometimes necessary to secure your spine and relieve pressure on your spinal cord.
At Dignity Health Central California, our orthopedics team wants to safeguard you against spinal compression fractures. Take these steps for prevention and a healthy back:
- Get a screening for osteoporosis after age 65.
- Improve your balance and flexibility so you can better avoid falls.
- Eat foods rich in calcium or take supplements.
- Exercise daily.
- Make your home a fall-free area.
For quality care with compassion for spinal fractures in Central California, seek out one of our orthopedic doctors today.
Dignity Health Central California offers treatment with dignity and respect for serious orthopedic conditions, including spinal fractures, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.