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.
Symptoms of Spinal Compression Fractures
The signs and symptoms of spinal compression fractures can come on gradually and vary from person to person. Learn what to look for -- especially if you're a woman with osteoporosis.
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.
Causes of Spinal Compression Fractures
Spinal compression fractures -- often caused by osteoporosis -- are a bigger problem than many people realize. Learn more.
How to Diagnose a Compression Fracture
Your back pain may be a spinal compression fracture. Here's how you can find out.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Back Pain Myths & Facts
WebMD's back pain slideshow lets you in on the truth about the causes and treatments for back pain.
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.