Spine Compression Fracture
A spine compression fracture occurs when trauma or weakening of the bone causes injury to one or more vertebrae, causing a crack, break, or “burst.” Fractures are most serious when they happen in the back of the rib cage (thoracic spine) or lumber spine (neck), where they can cause permanent damage to the spinal cord and potential neurological impairment.
Fractures to healthy bone can cause sudden and severe pain, whereas fractures resulting gradually from degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis may not initially be bothersome, yet later develop into back pain and a possible reduction in height.
Treatment for a spinal compression fracture can either be non-invasive or surgical, ranging from pain medication and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or back/neck bracing to minimally invasive injections of hardening material such as cement into the bone.
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