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Vertebral Compression Fractures

Overview | Causes | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment | Surgical Options

Overview
A spinal fracture, also known as a vertebral compression fracture, occurs when one of the bones of the spinal column weakens and collapses. Spinal fractures tend to be painful and, if left untreated, can adversely affect overall health and well being.

Causes
Osteoporosis
Cancer of benign tumors
Trauma

Symptoms
Sudden onset of back pain, unrelated or out of proportion to activity.
Pain worsens with sitting or standing.
Pain often relieved by lying down.

Diagnosis
A complete physical exam, together with a X-ray and/or MRI can help your physician differentiate between pain caused by a spinal fracture or pain caused by other disorders.

Treatment
Non-Surgical treatment includes:
Pain medication
Reduction in activity
A brace to minimize motion and provide support

Surgical Options
Kyphoplasty
Spinal Fusion