become more and more painful. Most often, people treat compression fractures with pain medication, rest, and immobilization. However, in severe cases, the injury may require surgery.
If you are over 50 or have a weakened bone conditions, be on the lookout for muscle spasms, tingling or numbness, and continence problems. If you’ve suffered a fall, these could be an indication of a severe compression fracture.
Typically, herniated disks come with age—resulting from years of wear and tear. A slip and fall, however, can cause a disc to rupture or slip out of place. A herniated disc puts a large amount of pressure on the nerves, causing pain and tingling in the legs. Luckily, 90% of the time, treatment is simple. Non-surgical treatment such as pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatories will usually resolve the injury.
Slipping backward due to ice or a puddle can cause severe trauma to the lower tip of the spine. Fractures are rare, but the coccyx, or tailbone can be bruised by the impact and pull at its surrounding ligaments. This damage can cause severe pain for as long as a month. Tailbone injuries are typically treated like most back injuries—with rest and pain relievers. Victims will sometimes use a cushioned device to relieve some of the pressure in the area when sitting down.