A vertebral fracture is a condition which describes a fracture occurring in the spine. This kind of fracture often results from an accident or bone-related diseases. When a vertebral fracture occurs, it is necessary to consult a doctor immediately. Beside stable fractures of the vertebral body, vertebral fractures will usually need spinal surgery.
A vertebral fracture is a condition when there is bone broken in the spine. It is a very dangerous fracture due to possible damage to the spinal cord. Usually it is caused by accidents, traumas, osteoporosis, bone metastases and any condition that can weaken or damage the structure of the bones.
The causes of a vertebral fracture include accidents and traumas, such as car or motorbike accidents, a fall from a great height, sports injuries, violent impacts and any other condition that can damage the spinal bones. However, not only accidents and traumas can result in a vertebral fracture, but also bone-related disease such as osteoporosis and bone tumors, especially bone metastases. These kinds of diseases can weaken and damage the structure of the spinal bones and therefore cause or promote fractures. People with a vertebral fracture can experience symptoms like 1) sudden pain of the back, 2) worsening of pain during standing or walking, 3) relief of pain during lying on the back, 4) limitations of spinal movements, 5) height loss, and even 6) deformity and 7) paralyses and loss of sensitivity (paraplegia or quadriplegia).
If a vertebral fracture is diagnosed the treatment depends on: 1) the cause of a vertebral fracture, for example, a fracture caused by a trauma or by a disease, 2) the particular fracture pattern. If the fracture is caused by a disease, then besides the fracture, the underlying disease should also be treated. If it is caused by an accident, it is important to avoid moving the patient in order to prevent further damage on the spinal cord. Medications such as steroids and painkillers can reduce the discomfort. A stable fracture can be treated conservatively with rest and immobilization. However, surgery is often necessary to repair the bones and avoid damage on the spinal cord.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
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