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Doctor told my mother not to exercise with a T12 compression fracture
dabadoya posted:
Everything that I have read says to exercise. What's going on? I can see that's she's getting weaker/
Janemarie55 responded:
I Fractured my T 12 at work last November, 2009. First the fracture has to be treated with lots of rest, and if it doesn't get better, sometimes they can do a procedure called Kyphoplasty which they inject a glue like substance into the vertebra. Most people are out of pain right away. You might mention this procedure to your doctor, but remember there are only certain doctors that do this so have it checked out first. Do your research.
Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS responded:
You are correct that staying active is important for people with osteoporosis. However, immediately following a spine fracture, it's important to avoid activities that could place pressure on the fractured vertebrae as it heals. Typically, a week or two after the fracture, patients will be encouraged to increase activity and exercise with permission from their physician. Often, walking is suggested since it is fairly safe for the spine and can prevent many problems that can start from too much bed rest. It is a good time to focus on great posture while walking since this will take pressure off of the spine and can help prevent future problems. Patients should try to be as tall as they can as they walk. A physician can also provide a referral to work with a physical therapist who works with people with osteoporosis. A physical therapist can teach patients which exercises to do to help protect the spine. A PT can also teach a patient how to move safely to help prevent future fractures. As Janemarie55 mentioned, there are procedures available that may help reduce pain, however these procedures are not right for everyone. It's important to work with a knowledgeable healthcare provider who can provide appropriate guidance.

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