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.
Compression Fracture Symptoms
- Back pain
- Stooped posture
- Depression from untreated pain
Compression Fracture Causes
- The natural aging process
- Cancer that has spread to the bones
- 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.