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Spinal Compression Fracture

Many people assume aches and pains in the back are a normal part of getting older. That isn’t necessarily true. In fact, back pain could be caused by a compression fracture of the spine. These small hairline fractures can cause the collapse of a vertebrae. Compression fractures can also lead to the stooped posture known as kyphosis. Spinal compression fracture may also cause lung problems and breathing problems.

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Compression Fracture Symptoms

  • Back pain
  • Stooped posture
  • Depression from untreated pain

Compression Fracture Causes

  • The natural aging process
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer that has spread to the bones
  • Bending
  • Lifting
  • Injury, such as slip and fall
  • Possibly even coughing and sneezing

Compression Fracture Treatment Options

It is possible for compression fracture of the spine to heal itself in about three months. However, this may be a needlessly painful experience. Additionally, compression fractures may be indicative of a larger problem that requires treatment, such as osteoporosis. Successful compression fracture treatment will address the fracture as well as the underlying cause and the pain.

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