Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care pain control taking control warning signs Prevention Outlook Underlying Cause Anatomy

Compression Fracture Overview

Another name for Compression Fracture is Vertebral Compression Fracture.

What is a vertebral compression fracture?
A person with a vertebral compression fracture has a broken vertebra, which reduces the height of the vertebra. Vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. A vertebral compression fracture is caused by an injury that squeezes one vertebra between two adjacent vertebrae. Those with osteoporosis are at the greatest risk for a vertebral compression fracture.

What are the symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture?
Symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture include back pain that is worse with movement, and back tenderness. Severe vertebral compression fractures may cause the spine to curve abnormally.

How does the doctor treat a vertebral compression fracture?
Treatment for a vertebral compression fracture may include bed rest, a back brace, and medication for pain. Additional treatment for a vertebral compression fracture may include calcium supplements and medication for osteoporosis.

Continue to Compression Fracture Risk Factors

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Compression Fracture References
  1. Papadopoulos EC, Khan SN. Piriformis syndrome and low back pain: a new classification and review of the literature. Orthop Clin North Am. 2004 Jan;35(1):65-71. [15062719]
  2. Rugulies R, Krause N. Job strain, iso-strain, and the incidence of low back and neck injuries. A 7.5-year prospective study of San Francisco transit operators. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Jul;61(1):27-39. [1584795]
  3. Tveito TH, Hysing M, Eriksen HR. Low back pain interventions at the workplace: a systematic literature review. Occup Med (Lond). 2004 Jan;54(1):3-13. [14963248]
  4. van der Roer N, Goossens ME, Evers SM, van Tulder MW. What is the most cost-effective treatment for patients with low back pain? A systematic review. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2005 Aug;19(4):671-84. [15949783]
  5. van Tulder MW, Koes BW, Bouter LM: Conservative treatment of acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of the most common interventions. Spine 1997 Sep 15; 22(18): 2128-56. [9322325]
  6. Wassell JT, Gardner LI, Landsittel DP, Johnston JJ, Johnston JM. A prospective study of back belts for prevention of back pain and injury. JAMA. 2000 Dec 6;284(21):2727-32. [11105177]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.