Compression Fracture Directory
A vertebral compression fracture is a fracture that can happen when the bones of the spine break due to trauma, but it can also be caused by osteoporosis, cancer, and other conditions. Symptoms include pain, weakness, tingling, incontinence, and more. Many tests can diagnose a vertebral compression fracture. Treatment involves back braces, rest, exercise, and sometimes medications or hospital care. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a spinal compression fracture is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
How to Prevent Spinal Compression Fractures
To help prevent spinal compression fractures, build stronger bones. Learn more about osteoporosis, nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D, and exercise.
Relief for Spinal Compression Fractures
From medicine to surgery, learn about treatments for spinal compression fractures here.
How to Treat Spinal Compression Fractures Without Surgery
Find out about ways to relieve pain and heal spinal compression fractures without surgery, including physical therapy, rest, and back braces.
Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures: What to Expect During Recovery
Find out what to expect during recovery from surgery for spinal compression fractures.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that can lead to painful bone fractures. Learn who gets osteoporosis, how to tell if you have it, how to prevent it, and effective treatment options.
Slideshow: Back Pain Myths & Facts
WebMD's back pain slideshow lets you in on the truth about the causes and treatments for back pain.