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Vertebral Compression Fracture (cont.)

Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment

Self-Care at Home

  • Rest
  • Pain relief with ibuprofen or naproxen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Apply ice to the injured area for the first week, then heat or ice, whichever feels better. Ice should be applied in the following fashion: Place the ice in a bag, wrap the bag in a towel, and then apply to the injured area for 15-20 minutes each hour. Heat applied in the first week after an injury draws more fluid to the area, thereby increasing swelling and pain.
  • When allowed by your doctor, a home stretching and strengthening program
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