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Picture of Fractured Spine

Picture of Fractured Spine

Fractures of the spine can lead to chronic back pain. They may also contribute to abnormal curvature of the spine and a loss of height. The characteristic curvature in the upper back is called a "dowager hump." A spinal fracture may lead to pain that radiates from the back around to the side of the body.

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Text Reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine"