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A compression fracture of the spine is when one or more vertebrae collapse. These fractures typically occur in your mid or lower back and are often caused by osteoporosis, cancer of the spine, or traumatic injury.

Pain from sudden spine fractures may be moderate to severe, while gradual fractures may only cause minor pain.

Symptoms of compression fractures of the spine include:

  • Pain
  • Decrease in height
  • Stooped posture
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bowel and bladder problems

For mild cases of compression fractures, you may be able to manage your symptoms with medications, rest, back supports, and physical therapy.

If these treatment options aren’t successful, procedures such as vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may be beneficial in stabilizing your spine.

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