Vertebral Compression Fracture and Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know

September 11, 2019 0 Comments
Vertebral Compression Fractures

When it comes to the roots of chronic pain, several causes are often misdiagnosed or overlooked until they become a severe and visible problem, such as Vertebral Compression Fractures. These issues can lead to generalized pain.

  • Back issues
  • Old injuries that have resurfaced
  • Failed surgeries

They can also be initially hard to identify as the source of a pain problem without the assistance of an interventional pain management specialist. Vertebral Compression Fracture is one of the conditions:

  • Regularly missed
  • Under-diagnosed
  • Untreated

One of the Most Common Fractures

Linked to osteoporosis, which impacts 200 million women and causes roughly 700,000 spinal fractures in the United States annually, Vertebral Compression Fracture is one of the most common forms of osteoporotic fractures, and greatly enhances your risk of additional fractures in the future.

The problem is Practitioners often misdiagnose a Vertebral Compression Fracture and gets worse with time. Up to 2/3 of cases of spinal fractures are undiagnosed, and if left untreated, the fracture can cause irreparable damage.

So how do you know if you are at risk of having a Vertebral Compression Fracture? It starts with these signs.

Your Age and Gender

Women over 50 are most at risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, including Vertebral Compression Fracture.

In fact, roughly half of all women over the age of 50 in the United States will break a bone at some point in their life due to osteoporosis.

Though it should be noted, spinal fractures and osteoporosis can affect patients of both genders and all ages.

A Visible Hump

The most common sign of a Vertebral Compression Fracture is a visible hump on the back and a loss of height. Though this occurs well after the fracture originates, it‘s a clear sign that the bone has weakened, and the vertebral body has compressed and has become deformed as a result.

Additional Signs

In addition to the visible hump and your lifestyle factors, there are other key signs and symptoms to look for, including the following.

  • Sudden onset of back pain
  • Shrinking, or a noticeable loss of height
  • Kyphosis
  • Activity-related pain
  • Pain relief when lying down
  • Tenderness of back of the spine

Get Tested and Treated

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, ask your Practioner to test and treat you for a Vertebral Compression Fracture, as needed.

The good news is early diagnosis will do a world of good. Both surgical and non-surgical methods are available to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve functional status
  • Treat your Vertebral Compression Fracture

Practitioners generally perform these procedures in a clinic setting. And patients can typically go home the same day.

Best of all, after treatment, you’ll notice a significant drop in pain as soon as you get home, which will allow you to get back to your normal, active, and healthy life!

Contact Us Today

Worried you may be at risk? Contact us today to get to the bottom of your chronic pain.

By scheduling your consultation with our experienced pain management team today, you can get to the root of your chronic pain before it causes a much larger and deeper issue.

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Osteoporosis and Vertebral Compression Fracture: What You Need to Know
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Vertebral Compression Fractures are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions when it comes to chronic pain. Read on to uncover the signs you need to look out, and what to do next.

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