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Does a spinal compression fracture from osteoporosis hurt?

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Pain often goes along with a compression fracture. You'll feel it along the spine, usually in your middle to lower back. It often gets worse when you stand or sit for a long period and gets better when you lie down.

You may also notice that you're getting a little shorter. And you could get a curved spine or humped back, which may be a sign that you have more than one compression fracture.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

UptoDate: "Osteoporotic Thoracolumbar Vertebral Compression Fractures: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment," "Hip Fracture in Adults," "Distal Radius Fractures in Adults."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)," "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

UptoDate: "Osteoporotic Thoracolumbar Vertebral Compression Fractures: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment," "Hip Fracture in Adults," "Distal Radius Fractures in Adults."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)," "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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