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