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Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebral compression fractures occur when trauma causes the bones in the back to break, particularly those in the lower back. Significant force is normally required for the back bones to break but they can break more easily in vulnerable people such as the elderly and people with cancer.


The potential causes of vertebral compression include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Trauma or injury
  • Cancer/infection of the bone


The symptoms of vertebral compression fractures include:

  • Pain in the upper back, lower back, neck, hip, thigh or abdomen
  • Numbness, tingling and weakness
  • Loss of control of bowels and/or bladder

Diagnosis and treatment

If you’re suffering with vertebral compression fractures, or are concerned that you might be, come and talk to us at T&O Spine. An expert consultant will discuss your medical history with you, carry out a physical examination and talk you through the treatment options.