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What is the most common cause of osteoporosis-related back pain?

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Osteoporosis itself doesn't hurt. But it can lead to fractures that cause pain. If osteoporosis leads to a spinal compression fracture, it can cause:

  • Sudden, severe back pain that gets worse when you are standing or walking with some relief when you lie down
  • Trouble twisting or bending your body, and pain when you do
  • Loss of height
  • A curved spine called kyphosis, also known as a “dowager’s hump.”

From: Osteoporosis Pain: What You Can Do WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Fast Facts." 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Your Guide to Spinal Compression Fractures." 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Coping with Chronic Pain." 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Medications to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

RadiologyInfo.org: "Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Fast Facts." 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Your Guide to Spinal Compression Fractures." 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Coping with Chronic Pain." 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Medications to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

RadiologyInfo.org: "Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

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