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Vertebral Compression Fracture

Vertebral Compression Fracture Overview

A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the bones of the spine become compressed due to trauma. Usually the trauma necessary to break the bones of the spine is quite substantial. In certain circumstances, such as in elderly people and in people with cancer, these same bones can be fragile and can break with little or no force. The vertebrae most commonly broken are those in the lower back, but they may break in any portion of the spine.

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