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What Is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?

Last updated 5 years ago

If your pain management doctor diagnoses you with a vertebral compression fracture, it means a vertebra in your spine has suffered breakage. With this type of fracture, the vertebra collapses. This can result in significant back pain that is often debilitating. However, some patients experience no symptoms initially, and then begin to notice back pain that gradually worsens, particularly during walking. A vertebral compression fracture can also lead to a hunched over posture, which places pressure on the spinal cord and can cause additional complications, such as numbness, weakness, and mobility problems.

The leading cause of vertebral compression fractures is osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density. If you have osteoporosis, simple actions such as sneezing or coughing can result in compression fractures. These types of fractures may also be caused by a physical injury that exerts excessive force on the spine.

The appropriate course of treatment for a compression fracture depends on your unique condition. At Pain Specialists of Orange County, our doctors will customize a treatment plan for you. Please call us today at (888) 699-1334 or visit our website for more information. Since 2002, our practice has proudly served residents of the Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Irvine areas.


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