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What do you need to know about spinal compression fractures due to osteoporosis?

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This is a break of one or more of your vertebrae, the small bones in your spine. If you have osteoporosis, it might happen from just bending or lifting something heavy. You can have compression fracture for a long time and not know it. It may heal on its own.

In more serious cases, you might feel pain along your 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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