Fracture-dislocations of the thoracic and lumbar spine are caused by very high-energy trauma. They can be extremely unstable injuries that often result in serious spinal cord or nerve damage. Surgery is sometimes delayed because of other serious, life-threatening injuries.
Similarly one may ask, do stress fractures in the spine heal?
Spondylolysis is a non-displaced stress fracture of a spinal vertebra, also known as a pars stress fracture. Approximately 90-95% of cases of spondylolysis occur at the L5 vertebral level. The stress lesion usually completely heals.
What does spinal compression fracture feel like?
For many people, a spinal compression fracture will hurt less as the bone heals. Some people feel almost no symptoms from spinal compression fractures. The cracks may happen so gradually that the pain is relatively mild or unnoticeable. For others, the pain may turn into a chronic backache in the injured area.
Are compression fractures painful?
When Back Pain Is a Spine Compression Fracture. The type of fracture in the spine that is typically caused by osteoporosis is generally referred to as a compression fracture. A compression fracture is usually defined as a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20% in height due to fracture.