Vertebral Compression Fracture
The bones of the back are called the vertebrae. A vertebral fracture is a break in one of these bones. A vertebral compression fracture occurs when the front part of the bone is squeezed or compressed.
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A vertebral compression fracture can be caused by:
- Osteoporosis —a condition of weakened bones
- A blow to the back
- Falling down
- Landing on your heels when jumping from a height
- Having major trauma such as a motor vehicle accident
Last reviewedNovember 2013by John C. Keel, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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