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Compression fracture T9

My father 67 years old with medications for diabetes and BP since 12 years was having back pain since April 22, 2016. Now after MRI scan report attached it has been diagnosed that he is having fracture in spine. He has been prescribed for custom made belt to support while walking around. He is also having mobizox pain killer. During the period he had 30 tablets. Questions 1. He seems to be comfortable using pain killers so wanted to know for how many days he can have? 2. He is completely on bed rest and takes food while sleeping and gets up only for going to toilet. Is it ok if he eats while sleeping? 3. He is still having pain so does physio at this stage will help for his speedy recovery 4. Doctor didn't prescribe calcium supplement as he doesn't want to prescribe too many medicines at a time. Does calcium help in recovery. 5. any other suggestions, please let me know
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Dr. P.V.S.Ganesh Hyderabad | Physiotherapist
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fracture of t9 end plate is not complicated type of injury .even though there is thecal indentation ,it can be manged by using a back support brace. evaluation needs to be done for spinal dural compression and check for any neurological deficit. if there is no cord or root pressure signs ,early mobilisation on the bed and walking can be initiated. please consult senior physiotherapist specialised in orthopedics or neurology .dont delay.
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Hello... I would like to answer your queries sequentially... 1. He has extreme pain.... He would prefer the side effects rather than bear this extremely severe pain...However the proper dosage should be told by the orthopaedic consultant, 2. It is not suggested to have food while sleeping..... Either raise the back support to 45 degrees or turn him sideways, 3. Cold pack would help along with ultrasound, 4. Calcium should supplement the bone growth as at this age bone doesn't heal on it's own, 5. There's a procedure called balloon kyphoplasty.... Just read about it and consult your nearby orthopaedic surgeon.
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Sharath Kumar K N Mandya | General Physician
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Hello, I went through your query, Osteoporosis and osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are commonly encountered clinical problems in elderly, Conventional medical treatment for these patients includes pain medication, activity limitation, physical therapy, and (possibly) bracing. Calcium supplements have maximum effect on osteoporotic fractures, Eating while lying down may cause aspiration into lungs which may leads to seriouse complication, physiotherapy, massaging, heat therapy may help him to relieve pain along with pain killers.
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