Remember when you were 10-years-old and climbing a ladder or tree was easy? You were fearless and your balance was impeccable. Trying to emulate that same grace thirty years later may not be so easy and unfortunately by the time you realize you aren’t so agile, you’re lying on the ground with a spinal compression fracture.
For people who have compressed their spine in a fall or in an accident, chronic pain can sometimes be a daily struggle. Some compression fractures may heal on their own over time while others result in immediate or delayed surgery.
When a fracture is allowed to heal naturally, the initial excruciating shockwaves of pain are intense for the first 72 hours. Sleeping on your back or a hard surface is recommended, as is ibuprofen for inflammation and mild pain relief. The natural healing cycle is approximately three months depending on the severity and location of the injury but a lot of holistic, at-home work needs to go into strengthening your back.
Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center in Seattle offers a number of chiropractic services to treat compression pain. For example, spinal decompression therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that alleviates back pain along with other problems connected with spinal disc injuries.
For the first few days of your injury, movement should be extremely limited. If it isn’t necessary, stay put! But as time goes by you will want to start light exercise and stretching to avoid an excess build-up of scar tissue. Becoming too attached to bed rest can also lead to bone loss and muscle loss, which could make you more injury prone in the future.
A back brace may also help you during your recovery and it works similarly like a cast for a broken bone. But similar to too much bed rest, depending too heavily on a back brace could also lead to a weakening of muscle and bone.
For more specialized care, Dr. Favreau highly recommends Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB) – a highly-advanced, scientific and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. CPB uses sound scientific and chiropractic principles to diagnose and treat your ailment.
Unlike regular chiropractic care that mainly focuses on immediate pain relief, Dr. Favreau uses CPB to go one step further to correct the source of the problem.
For more information about our services and to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Favreau, call us at 206-497-4962.