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I want to discuss what to do for a broken back. I have the L4 fracture and it’s getting worse. I need advice on who I should see about it
Have you had an MRI? When this happened to me I had an MRI plus some other tests. I went through the pain management department and then to neurosurgeon. Mine was complicated by scoliosis.
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Yes I have had two MRI on my back. First one showed 52% now it’s 63%. My primary Dr gave me 2 choices surgery or Pt. I have been doing Pt but doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Yesterday I power washed my outdoor sheds and now I’m in a lot of pain. Thanks for listening
@sherry44 Welcome to this wonderful group Id like to ask you if you wish to respond after your fracture who did you see and what brace and therapy did you have?
@sherry44 didn't you go to an Orthopedic Dr? I had a L2 fracture the Orthopedic Dr after xrays put me in a turtle shell brace for 3months for it to heal the aqua therapy for 9 months you should see this Dr not a general g.p. Go right away is my suggestion
I saw my primary doctor then the pain management doctor then the neurosurgeon. My L4 was fractured all the way through so I had no choice but surgery. It has been a rough go. They called it a complicated spinal fusion. I am very blessed to be able to function pretty well with a pain level of 2-3 most days.
Broken back is really painful life!!!!
I agree….nothing to compare it to! And different Dr's treat differently. I have fractured L4….some pushed PT & others said why aren't you in the huge brace. Tens unit helped some. It's been 1 1/2 years of pain….. finally has subsided unless I over do.
@dementmt See a Orthopedic Dr.not your PCP See my reply to Sherry above this post
Don't be foolish like I was and just tough it out. I have lost 2 1/2 inches in height due to multiple spinal fractures. Wearing the back brace really helps.
I had a burst L4 compression fracture in July still dealing with pain and problems they want me to do a 3 level fusion. I went to a neurosurgeon in the twin cities. No going for a 2nd opinion as I want to get out of this turtle shell.
@suerc When I had my fracture L2 Orthopedic Dr put me in turtle shell for 3months then aqua therapy for 9 months this is something you don't want to rush or you will have more back problems.Listen to your Dr.and therapist Its been over 10 years and I wont twist or bend backwards.
Did you have surgery ?
@suerc No I refused the surgery for various reasons but I did listen to Dr and therapist I am able to function normally except I cant clean my floors , its the continous motion I cant do and I do have to rest everyday .Did you have surgery? It was a full year it took to heal but I still do chair exercises I just dont twist or bend backwards How are you doing?
No Surgery. I don't know what to do. I am looking for a Dr that will give me other options other than surgery. In minneaponis.
@suer nWhen I fractured my back I was sent to E R for x rayd first then Orthopedic Dr took care of me I was in a turtle she'll brace then P.T all together it was 9 months recovery I refused surgery that was ,13 yrs ago I do everything except clean floors I'm here if you want to talk
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