Vertebral Compression Fracture (cont.)
- Back brace
- Rest and ice to the area: Later use heat compresses on the area.
- Pain relief with opiates (hydrocodone or oxycodone [OxyContin])
- Admission to the hospital: Depending on severe pain, weakness, inability to urinate (retention), or inability to control your urine or stool (incontinence), you may be admitted to the hospital.
- Exercise: On approval from the doctor, a stretching and strengthening program is important to decrease further osteoporosis and to strengthen muscles supporting the back.
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