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What pain medicines can help if I have a spinal compression fracture?

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You can often get relief with an over-the counter drug like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Check with your doctor to see which one is right for you. Your doctor might prescribe a stronger medicine for more intense or persistent pain, and might also suggest you take the hormone calcitonin. Studies show it can help ease the pain from compression fractures.

SOURCES:

Columbia Neurosurgery: "Spinal Compression Fractures."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Vertebral Compression Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "The Treatment of Symptomatic Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures: Guidelines and Evidence Report."

NIAMS: "Bed Rest and Immobilization: Risk Factors for Bone Loss."

Huntoon, A.  , January 2008. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Leung, D.  . Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Up to Date: "Osteoporosis prevention and treatment."  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Columbia Neurosurgery: "Spinal Compression Fractures."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Vertebral Compression Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "The Treatment of Symptomatic Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures: Guidelines and Evidence Report."

NIAMS: "Bed Rest and Immobilization: Risk Factors for Bone Loss."

Huntoon, A.  , January 2008. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Leung, D.  . Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Up to Date: "Osteoporosis prevention and treatment."  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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