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About Compression Fractures

About compression fractures

A vertebral compression fracture (or spinal fracture) can occur when osteoporosis, trauma, or some other medical condition causes the vertebra to weaken and collapse, causing severe pain. Vertebral compression fractures usually occur in the middle and lower sections of the spine and can lead to loss of height, postural deformity and pulmonary complications.1

The problem is that spinal fractures are not always diagnosed. Instead, fractures are often just thought of as general back pain, such as from a muscle strain or other soft tissue injury, or as a common part of aging. Unfortunately, approximately two thirds of all vertebral fractures that occur each year—about half a million— are not diagnosed and therefore not treated.

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