Vertebral Compression Fracture

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Vertebral Compression Fracture

Vertebral compression fracture is a condition characterized by one or more broken or collapsed

vertebrae in the spine, most commonly occur due to osteoporosis. A Vertebral compression

fracture is often have no pain associated with them yet it may cause limited motion and long-term

irritating pain. Fractured vertebrae occur most commonly in the upper back to lower back. Pain

usually resolves itself but medical care is advised if pain has lasted longer than four weeks.

Diagnosis of vertebral compression fractures includes a patient’s history, a physical exam, and

radiographic images, like an X-ray to check for fractures or a bone scan for osteoporosis. Typical

indicators include kyphosis, humpback, and loss of height

over time.

Treatment

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Calcium-rich diet
  • Vertebroplasty: bone cement is pushed into the vertebrae to offer extra support
  • Kyphoplasty: small balloon is put into the injured vertebrae to expand it to its original size
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