my ol man has fractured his vertebrae twice, but not from a compression fracture, but rather an injury. he was left very stiff and in pain for about 6 weeks the first time and 8 weeks the second time. now, he can barely bend over because of the arthritis that has set in.
a compression vertebrae fracture usually results from age, vitamin deficiencies and osteoporosis. as the spinal bones become hollowed out from calcium being taken away for the body's usage they develop weakened areas. then the weight from the bones above cause the vertebrae to compress or flatten. sometimes on one side causing nerve damage on one side of your body ( usually the legs) or the whole vertebrae will compress and that can be very painful and results in a long rehabilitative therapy.
imagine a soda can as a vertebrae standing upright, then someone stands on the top of the can and the can compresses downward. thats a vertebral compression fracture
at 10:02 AM on Aug. 4, 2009