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What is a spinal compression fracture?

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It’s easy to think back pain is just part of getting older, but be careful. If you’re nearing age 60, it may be a sign that you have tiny cracks in the vertebrae that form your spine. When these small hairline fractures add up, they can eventually cause a vertebra to collapse, which is called spinal compression fracture.

From: Causes of Spinal Compression Fractures WebMD Medical Reference

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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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