Vertebral Compression Fracture
Vertebral Compression Fracture Facts
A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the block-like part of an individual bone of the spine (vertebra) 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.
Vertebral Compression Fracture Causes
Vertebral compression fractures can be caused by osteoporosis, trauma, and diseases affecting bone (pathologic fracture).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/4/2016
Andrew Jenis, MD
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