Vertebral Compression Fracture Topic Guide
Vertebral Compression Fracture: A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the bones of the spine become broken due to trauma. Causes include osteoporosis, trauma, and pathologic fracture. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Treatment may involve wearing a back brace, resting, icing, taking pain relievers, exercise, and surgery.
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