A person sustains a compression fracture when the vertebrae in the spine are squashed and collapse, either as a result of trauma or a fall, or in older individuals, the incidence of osteoporosis.
Most cases are due to osteoporosis and occur in women over 50. For this reason, treatment usually involves alleviating pain and following injury prevention strategies.
Compression fractures typically heal within two to three months. People who have had a compression fracture are prone to have more.
- Sudden and/or severe back pain
- Worsening pain when standing or walking
- Difficulty and pain when bending, twisting or lifting
- Hunchback-like curving of the spine (in patients with osteoporosis)
- Height loss