Cracked Spine Can You Use Crutches?
Good evening, permission to ask, a week ago my father fell from a tree. The one who fell first was the back of the waist and head. Then taken to the hospital and treated for 3 days. When you go home, you can’t sit and wake up yet. But because my father was active, my father asked to buy crutches. The condition is now my father was able to stand and walk by holding on to the walls of the house. What I want to ask, can my father use crutches? My father is 62 years old. Thanks
Spinal fractures can result from falling from a height, accidents while driving, gunshot wounds, blunt force, sports. Spinal fractures vary in severity. However, incomplete spinal fractures are still dangerous. Fractures in the spine require immobilization (no activity) for a while. The location of the spinal fracture will affect the symptoms that arise. Some symptoms that can be experienced by people with vertebral fractures are:
Paralyzed both legs or even up to both arms
Numbness in certain body parts
Defecation or defecation
This is because vertebral fractures cause injury to nerves in the spine. Some patients recover, but most patients experience permanent disorders. The diagnosis of a fracture can be made by physical examination and support in the form of a spinal X-ray, CT scan, and MRI (to see nerve injury). Patients with fractures are treated for a long time, using special bracing / corsets for 6-12 weeks to minimize mobilization or surgery.
Complications that can occur in vertebral fractures such as chronic pain, pressure ulcers (if the patient is lying down for a long time), blood clots in the pelvic region or lower limbs, impaired motion and sensation in the permanent body, urinary tract disorders and permanent bowel movements. The use of crutches certainly helps reduce weight support to the spine. However, setting the height of the crutch and how to use the crutch must also be precise so that the position of the spine remains stable, and activity is limited according to the patient's ability (not forced). You can further consult with an orthopedic specialist.
Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.