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Vertebral Compression Fracture (cont.)

Medical Treatment

  • 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/21/2013
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