Vertebral Fracture

A 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.