Diagnosing Spinal Fractures

Some of the things that you look for in a physical exam are humpback or kyphosis or tenderness over the affected spinal bone or bones. Jose Mena, Interventional Spine Specialist at Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, says normally for people with compression fracture the most common one will be the tenderness in the spine. They have to make sure that there is no neurological deficit, weakness or foot drop.

Theresa Pazionis, Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon at Miami Cancer Institute, explains she will conduct a gate exam to look at how the patients are walking and if they are able to stand and to sit.

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