Compression Fracture (Vertebral) vs. Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc) Topic Guide

Compression Fracture (Vertebral) vs. Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc) Compression Fracture (Vertebral) vs. Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc): A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the block-like part of an individual bone of the spine (vertebra) become compressed due to trauma. Discs are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). When a disc bulges, splits, or ruptures the disc cartilage and nearby tissue can fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disc to escape into the surrounding tissue.

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