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Vertebral Compression Fractures

A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the bones in your spine, known as vertebrae, collapse due to injury. However, this type of fracture can also result from diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, and other medical conditions that weaken the bones. When bones become fragile, even routine activities can cause minor fractures in the spinal column. These seemingly insignificant fractures can permanently change the strength and form of your spine. Unfortunately, around two-thirds of these fractures go undiagnosed because many people mistake the back pain associated with them for a normal part of aging or a symptom of arthritis. Symptoms can range from pain to weakness, tingling sensations, loss of bladder or bowel control, and more.

The risk for spinal compression fractures is particularly high in two groups of people:

  • Individuals suffering from osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones
  • Individuals with cancer that has spread to their bones

The presence of one or more of the following symptoms might indicate a vertebral fracture:

  • Sudden, severe back pain, which can also develop gradually and intensify over time
  • Increased pain when standing or walking
  • Some relief of pain when lying down
  • Discomfort and pain when bending or twisting
  • Loss of height
  • Spinal deformity, presenting as a curved, “hunchback” shape
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control or inability to urinate

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