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What do I need to know about osteoporosis and spine fractures?

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When osteoporosis has made your bones weak, the chances are higher that they’ll crack or break, even the bones of your spine. These spine fractures, also called vertebral compression fractures, can cause severe back pain that makes it hard to stand, walk, sit, or lift objects.

The best way to prevent these fractures is to keep your bones as strong as possible by treating or preventing osteoporosis.

From: Osteoporosis and Spine Fractures WebMD Medical Reference

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Medications To Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Once is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Further Fractures.” 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “About Osteoporosis: Impact," “Nutrition and Bone Health.” 

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Medications To Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Once is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Further Fractures.” 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “About Osteoporosis: Impact," “Nutrition and Bone Health.” 

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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