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    T-12 compression fracture

    I was in a car wreck on 9-25-07, there were no other cars involved, I swerved to miss a large bag of garbage on the freeway lost control ,rolled 3 times and hit a concrete barrier going approx.50 miles an hour. I was taken to the hospital had a CT scan and released in 2 hours. 3 days later I couldnt breath well went another hospital had a chest x-ray and found out I had 3 cracked ribs. Today I found out that I have a T-12 compression fracture and it has been 5 months since the accident. What I am wondering is should I be alarmed about this and why didnt the CT scan show this. I am in pain but not on any medication or anything, I just live with it and do waht I have to do. I have a MRI on Mon. to see how bad the fracture is. Can anyone advise me of this injury? Thank-you

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    You don't need a CT to pick up a T12 compression fracture....a regular Xray will do that. If there were no neurologic deficits and it appears to be a stable fracture, sometimes these are not surgically fixed, but it takes an expert in orthospine or neurosurgery to evaluate the injury to determine this. I think the ER doctor missed your injury. You should see an expert (as above) and see if you need surgery or bracing while you heal, even after this time. You should also avoid activities that put a lot of pressure on your midback (lifting, jumping, etc.)

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    T-12 compression fracture

    Can an x-ray detect how severe the fracture is? The Dx also explains why my back hurts so bad when I pick up my year old grandson, now I know what the problem is I will not be doing that anytime soon.

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    Xrays should show the fracture very well, but CT is better for showing the severity, and MRI to show if there is cord impingement or damage.

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    Thank you for the info. Will a brace this late into the injury help with the pain? I do not want to have to resort to pain medication. Also 3 weeks after the wreck my Dr. put me in PT which I believe did not help because I was in worse pain after the therapy. Is it also normal to have tingleing in and around the injury site? Approx. 4 weeks ago my left foot on the top felt like it was broken and hurt quite bad when I would put pressure on it, I just forced myself to use my left foot and not baby it, it still is bothersome not as bad.

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    It is impossible to say. You need to see a specialist. Every fracture of the spine is very different and may require different management.

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    can there be cord damage and the person still be able to walk and function to a certain level?

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    It's possible and there must be a determination if the spine is "stable". If not, any little movement could cause major cord damage.


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    my Dr. called today said i need to have vertebroplasty for my fracture. when i went online i read that the bone cement should not be used for trauma fracture is this true?

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    I have no idea but vertebroplasty is what is commonly done to fix this problem.

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