What is a compression fracture?

A compression fracture of the spine is a type of fracture that occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) become crushed or compressed. Compression fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, including osteoporosis (a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle), trauma, or tumors.

Symptoms of a compression fracture may include back pain, difficulty standing or walking, and a hunched posture. In severe cases, a compression fracture can cause the spine to become deformed, leading to a condition called kyphosis (a curvature of the spine that causes the back to become rounded).

Treatment for a compression fracture typically depends on the severity of the fracture and the underlying cause. In many cases, rest and pain medications are sufficient to manage the pain and other symptoms. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to stabilize the spine and repair the damaged vertebrae. Book to see Dr Sherief today if you are concerned about compression fractures.