Pain, which can become quite severe, is the most notable symptom of a spinal compression fracture. Without treatment, fractures of this nature can cause loss of height or a humped back.
Spinal Compression Fracture Diagnosis and Treatment at Inspira
Spinal compression fractures can result from a variety of conditions. Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease, is a common cause of compression fractures in the thoracic (middle) or lumbar (lower) spine. Certain cancers can also weaken bones, making them prone to hairline fractures or full-fledged vertebral collapse. In other cases, fractures are the result of a traumatic injury, such as a car accident.
Severe pain is the most notable symptom of a spinal compression fracture. Without treatment, fractures of this nature can cause loss of height or a humped back.
If You Have a Spinal Compression Fracture
To understand the severity of your condition, your doctor will likely conduct a series of imaging tests that may include a CT scan, MRI or X-rays. Depending on your results, you may be able to successfully manage symptoms with nonoperative treatments such as medication, physical therapy or back bracing to stabilize the spine.
If these methods are unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damaged vertebrae and surrounding tissue. The most common surgical treatments include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and spinal fusion.