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Posted in: Kyphosis, and Spinal fractures.

Long Term Complications from thoracic compression fractures

Started by Ben.F on 12/10/2016 12:37am

I am a 19 year old male dealing with upper back issues. When I was 13, I had some mild anterior wedge compression fractures T2, T3, T4. I healed and have been fine for a long time, but am having some major issues now. I can feel I've developed some kind of spinal deformity because I can't get myself into perfect posture. It almost feels like I'm hunched over a bit and my chest is has a tendency to point to the left instead of straight outward. I'm unable to workout because I'm unable to do any upper body exercise like pushups or pullups in a symmetrical motion, and it's affecting the way I walk as well. From everything I've read, it seems like I could be developing post traumatic kyphosis or some kind of spinal deformity as a result of getting hurt at 13. If anybody has any insights into what's going on and if this is treatable that would be great.

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Hello, did you ever find out what was wrong or see a doctor?
I had a similar injury with the wedge compression fracture caused by a car accident to my C7-T4. I also feel as if I have problems with my posture and don’t have the same range of motion on both sides of my body around my thoracic/ rib region. Almost like my spine is askew.


Hi, Ben.F--thanks for your post! We have lots of content on spinal deformity to help you explore more, but we first and foremost recommend seeing a spine specialist to determine if you have a true spinal deformity. Our doctor finder tool is a great place to find a good spine doctor near you: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our wealth of information on different types of spinal deformity. These articles are great places to start:
( Kyphosis Center )
( Scoliosis Center )
( Spinal Fractures - Spondylolisthesis - Scoliosis - Kyphosis - Lordosis )

Fortunately, spinal deformity is treatable. Though spinal deformity varies a great deal in terms of severity, in most cases, the progression of an abnormal spinal curve can be managed with non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy and posture training.

Keep us posted on what you learn from your doctor's appointment. We wish you the very best!