Vertebral Fracture

ExitCare ImageA vertebral fracture is when one or more bones in the spine are broken (fractured). These bones are called vertebra. You may have pain and be stiff for 3 to 6 weeks.

HOME CARE

  • Rest in bed for a few days.

  • Take pain medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Slowly return to activity as told by your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor if any physical therapy is needed.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • You cannot move around at all.

  • You have numbness, tingling, weakness, or cannot move any part of your body.

  • You cannot control your poop (bowel movements) or pee (urination).

  • You have chest or belly (abdominal) pain, coughing, or trouble breathing.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.