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What is a Compression Fracture?

Compression fractures occur when your vertebral body (bones of the spine) collapses. It can lead to severe pain, deformity, and loss of height. These types of fractures most commonly occur in the thoracic spine (the middle portion of your back).


In people with severe osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones), a compression fracture may be caused by something as simple as lifting a light object or sneezing. Compression fractures are the most common fracture in patients with osteoporosis, affecting about 750,000 people annually. An estimated 40% of women age 80 and older will eventually have a compression fracture. Once you have a single fracture you're 5x more likely to sustain a second.


If you've had a compression fracture in the past the alignment of your spine may have been altered. After it has healed, making sure you have the proper range of motion is important to reduce your pain and improve your functional ability. Call us today to learn more at (469) 209-1604!


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