Vertebral Compression Fracture

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Vertebral Compression Fracture

What Is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?

When a bone in the spine collapses, it is called a vertebral compression fracture. This injury most often happens in the lower part of the thoracic, or middle, section of the spine.

What causes a vertebral compression fracture?

Compression fractures usually occur because of too much pressure on the normally strong vertebrae. When the vertebral body collapses, the bone tissue on the inside is crushed or compressed.

There are several reasons that may lead to a compression fracture, including:

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a common cause of compression fractures in the spine. This disease thins and makes the bones brittle, often to the point where they are too weak to withstand normal pressure, even the pressure of everyday activities. In some cases of severe osteoporosis, the bones are so weak that simply bending forward, coughing or sneezing can cause compression fractures.
Cancer: When cancer has spread to the spine, patients are more likely to suffer vertebral compression fractures.
Trauma: A spinal injury can cause a sudden minor or severe fracture. A fall, forceful jump and car accidents are some examples of trauma that can cause compression fractures.

A procedure such as vertebroplasty may be considered in those patients with vertebral compression fractures.

What is a Vertebroplasty?


Vertebroplasty involves injecting acrylic cement into the collapsed vertebra to stabilize and strengthen the fracture and vertebral body. In the event that our providers feel a vertebral augmentation or vertebralplasty is needed for the vertebral compression fracture, we will coordinate and education each patient on what to expect and the process to help restore function and reduce the pain caused by the fracture.

Note from the Doctor

A vertebroplasty is a great option and can offer beneficial results in restoring function and pain relief.

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