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What is a compression fracture?

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Fractures can hurt for a while, especially if you've broken a hip or a vertebra in your spine, called a compression fracture. You may need medicine for the pain. Ask your doctor to review everything you take, too, even if you didn't need a prescription for it or if it says “natural” on the label. She can check on any possible side effects, like dizziness, that could make you more likely to fall.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis -- Recovering from Broken Bones."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Osteoporosis Pain Treatment: Nonsurgical Vertebroplasty Is Effective Pain Treatment for Spinal Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis or Bone Tumors."

Goldhahn, J. Bone, February 2010.

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

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates and atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures."

PubMed Health: "Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones." Gronholz, J. Am Osteopath Assoc, Oct. 1, 2008.

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis -- Recovering from Broken Bones."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Osteoporosis Pain Treatment: Nonsurgical Vertebroplasty Is Effective Pain Treatment for Spinal Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis or Bone Tumors."

Goldhahn, J. Bone, February 2010.

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

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates and atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures."

PubMed Health: "Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones." Gronholz, J. Am Osteopath Assoc, Oct. 1, 2008.

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

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