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What causes compression fractures?

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When bones are brittle, your vertebrae aren’t strong enough to support your spine in everyday activities. When you bend to lift an object, miss a step, or slip on a carpet, you can put your spinal bones at risk of fracture. Even coughing or sneezing can cause compression fractures if you have severe osteoporosis.

From: Causes of Spinal Compression Fractures WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Black D. 2000.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab,

Cooper C. 1993. Bone,

Kado D. 1999.  Arch Intern Med,

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2016

SOURCES: 

Black D. 2000.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab,

Cooper C. 1993. Bone,

Kado D. 1999.  Arch Intern Med,

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2016

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