Your spine holds up your body and protects the spinal cord.  It is made up of 23 individual bones called vertebrae.  When a vertebra is compressed in a Kansas City car accident, a vertebral compression fracture can occur. 
 
What is a vertebral compression fracture? 
 
Vertebral compression fractures are a type of spinal cord injury that occurs when two or more vertebrae are pushed together and broken by an external force.   It takes a great deal of force to fracture a vertebra; both rear-end car accident or side-impact auto car crashes can cause enough trauma to cause this type of injury.
 
What are the symptoms of vertebral compression fracture? 

The symptoms of a compression fracture will usually be felt immediately after a Kansas City automobile accident.   
 
Symptoms include: 
 
  • Severe back pain extending into the legs
  • Pain in the hips, abdomen, upper back, neck or thigh
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty controlling bowel movements
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in extremities
  • Paralysis
 
If you have been involved in a serious accident, you should always seek medical attention. The doctor will screen you for vertebral fractures, other spinal cord injuries, and head injuries.  Be sure to let your doctor know of any pain or symptoms that you are experiencing. 
 
How are vertebral compression fractures treated? 
 
The treatment of a compression fracture depends on the location of your injury and the extent of the damage.  Treatment may include:
 
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain relief medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or other immobilization
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
 
Compression fractures require a minimum of 3 months to heal completely. Severe fractures take longer and can leave a victim in chronic pain.

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