What is a Compression Fracture?
A compression fracture is a type of broken bone that can cause your vertebrae to collapse, making them shorter. This often happens to the front of the vertebrae but not the back, causing you to stoop forward over time.Compression fractures are caused by:
Compression Fractures of the Spine
What are the Symptoms of a Compression Fracture?
If a compression fracture develops quickly, you may feel sudden, severe back pain. A fracture doesn’t always cause immediate symptoms, though. Instead, your doctor may notice it when giving you an X-ray for another reason.When a compression fracture starts harming vertebrae, you may feel:
Compression Fracture Prevention
You can reduce your risk for a compression fracture by taking a few key steps, similar to the precautions for avoiding osteoporosis:
Consume enough vitamin D and calcium — including such calcium-rich foods as milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, sardines and broccoli
Compression Fracture Diagnosis
Your doctor will begin to diagnose a possible compression fracture with a physical exam and will check whether your upper spine is hunched forward. You may also receive one or more scans:
Compression Fracture Treatment
Treatment for a compression fracture depends on the nature of the break and the likely cause. Our non-surgical approaches include:
Our surgical options include: