Are spinous process fractures stable?

Isolated spinous process fractures are stable, although nonunion may result in chronic cervical or thoracic back pain or stiffness.

What exercise can I do with a fractured vertebrae?

As your spine heals, the physical therapist may have you do weight-bearing activities (such as walking or tennis) and/or weightlifting. These strengthen your bones.

How do you fix a broken spinous process?

How is a spinous process fracture treated?

  1. Medicine may be given or recommended to help with pain.
  2. A back brace or cervical collar may be used to keep you from moving the area. The brace or collar will support the fracture area until it heals.
  3. Surgery may be needed for the most serious fracture.

What is the function of spinous process?

Spinous process is a bony projection off the posterior (back) of each vertebra. The spinous process protrudes where the laminae of the vertebral arch join and provides the point of attachment for muscles and ligaments of the spine.

What is a C7 spinous process fracture?

Isolated fracture of the spinous processes of the lower cervical or upper thoracic vertebrae. Caused by hyperflexion of neck → muscles pull on supraspinous ligament → avulsion fracture of spinous process. Also known as “clay shoveler’s fracture” A “stable” fracture. C7 is most commonly affected.

How should you sleep with a fractured spine?

Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. This will decrease pressure on your back. You may also sleep on your side with 1 or both of your knees bent and a pillow between them. It may also be helpful to sleep on your stomach with a pillow under you at waist level.

How long after fracture can I exercise?

As the broken bone begins to heal, your doctor will typically ask you to progress to partial and full weight-bearing exercises. It usually takes six to eight weeks to heal a minor fracture and 20 weeks for more major ones.

Can you exercise with a spinal compression fracture?

Avoid forward bending and deep or rapid twisting of the spine in daily activities and exercises. Your physical therapist will teach you the right movements and exercises to perform to help keep you safe. Reduce your risk of falls. Your physical therapist may recommend home modifications and balance exercises.