Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute
Anthony Owusu, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX & Spring, TX
Although a spinal fracture sounds rather alarming, many times it can heal on its own without surgery. Individuals still need proper evaluation and therapy under a doctor’s care. Dr. Anthony Owusu provides diagnostic testing as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments for fractures at his San Antonio area practice. Call Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute or use the online scheduler to set up your initial appointment.
Fractures Q & A
What causes back and neck fractures?
The most common causes of vertebral fractures are injury and disease. A car accident, fall, athletic event, or lifting incident can cause injury to the spine, resulting in a fracture.
An underlying disease, such as osteoporosis, can also leave you susceptible to bone fractures. Something as simple as bending or sneezing can provide enough force to break fragile bones.
What are the symptoms of a vertebra fracture?
Some people with spinal fractures aren’t aware of their condition, because they don’t exhibit any troublesome symptoms. However, the most common signs of a vertebra fracture are:
- Sudden pain
- Worsening pain when standing or moving and relief when lying down
- Visible deformity
- Loss of height
- Limited ability to bend or twist
When should I see a doctor?
If you’re involved in an accident, you should seek medical care right away. If you have sudden, severe, or debilitating back or neck pain, you should also see a doctor as soon as possible.
You can always make an appointment with Dr. Owusu if you think you may have injured your spine. As a workers’ compensation provider, he can also provide guidance if you were injured at work.
How do you treat back and neck fractures?
Dr. Owusu offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches for neck fractures, based on the location and severity of the break.
Fracture stabilization may be appropriate for some fractures, such as compression fractures. If your fracture is stable, Dr. Owusu may be able to treat you with bracing for several months along with rehabilitative exercises and pain management. Bed rest and immobilization may be appropriate for a short time, but Dr. Owusu encourages appropriate activity for healthy muscles and bones.
Unstable burst fractures may warrant surgery. Surgery entails decompressing the spine and stabilizing the fracture. When spine surgery is necessary, Dr. Owusu makes every effort to use minimally-invasive surgery whenever possible.
If you’re looking for a spine specialist in the San Antonio, Texas area to treat your fractured vertebra, schedule an appointment at Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute online or over the phone.