A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) occurs when one of the spine’s vertebral bodies cracks, collapses and/or becomes misshapen by compressive force(s). The front, back and/or side of the vertebral body may become wedge-shaped, with loss of height on one or more sides.
Compression fractures affect thousands of people every year. Many people do not realize sudden and intense back pain may be the first sign of a compression fracture. Although back pain is common, it is not always part of simply growing older. If you experience sudden back pain, have lingering back pain or suspect spinal fracture, seek qualified advice from a spine specialist. Whether painful or not, compression fracture can lead to new or adjacent fractures, spinal deformity and loss of function. The causes of vertebral compression fracture:
Symptoms that may accompany compression fracture include:
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