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Vertebral Compression Fracture (cont.)

Follow-up

Follow the instructions exactly as given by the doctor, and ask questions if you are unsure what to do.

  • Take the medications as prescribed.
  • Apply ice for the first week. A good rule of thumb is to place the ice in a bag, wrap the bag with a towel, and then apply the ice for 15-20 minutes every hour. After the first week, either ice or heat may be applied. Apply the one that makes the injury feel better. Applying heat in the first few days after an injury draws more blood to the injury site, thus increasing swelling and pain.
  • Avoid strenuous and painful activities until approved by your doctor.
  • See your doctor frequently to ensure that the bones are healing.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/21/2013
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