Compression fractures of the spine are common and can result from a traumatic injury or from conditions such as osteoporosis. While the pain associated with these fractures can be severe, physical therapy can help reduce pain and improve mobility. In this blog post, we will discuss how physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for compression fractures of the spine.
What is a Compression Fracture?
A compression fracture occurs when one or more vertebrae in your spine collapse due to a traumatic injury or from conditions such as osteoporosis. Symptoms may include sudden back pain, tenderness in the area of the fracture, limited range of motion in the back, and difficulty standing or walking. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms associated with a compression fracture.
Physical Therapy for Compression Fractures
Physical therapy is often recommended as a treatment option for patients with compression fractures of the spine. In physical therapy, you will work with a qualified physical therapist who will develop an individualized plan to address your specific needs and goals. This may include exercises designed to improve posture, strength, flexibility and balance; manual therapies such as massage; electrical stimulation; ultrasound; heat/cold treatments; and other modalities to reduce pain and improve overall function. Your physical therapist will also work with you on developing strategies for self-management that you can use at home to further reduce pain and improve mobility.
In addition to helping manage your symptoms, physical therapy can also help prevent future injuries by strengthening core muscles, improving posture and increasing flexibility in order to reduce stress on your spine. This will help protect your spine from further damage caused by compression fractures.
Physical therapy is an effective treatment option for those suffering from compression fractures of the spine. With the help of an experienced physical therapist, you can develop a personalized treatment plan that focuses on reducing pain while working toward improving overall function and preventing future injuries. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with a compression fracture, contact us today to learn more about how physical therapy can help you manage your condition and restore optimal health!
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