Back pain that accompanies a decrease in height or stooped posture may be a sign of a compression fracture. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Miles L. Singer, DO, FACOS, FAOAO, diagnoses and treats compression fractures at Specialists in Spine Surgery, with four locations in Livonia, Garden City, Farmington Hills, and Dearborn, Michigan. If you think you have a compression fracture, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Your spine is composed of 24 bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of one another, plus your tailbone. These bones bear the majority of your body’s weight and allow you to move. When one of your vertebrae breaks or collapses, you have a compression fracture.
Compression fractures usually occur in your middle (thoracic) or lower (lumbar) vertebrae and are most common in older adults.
The most common cause of compression fractures is osteoporosis, a condition that leaves your bones weak and brittle. When you have osteoporosis, a compression fracture can occur during everyday activities, like sneezing or stepping out of the shower.
Osteoporosis is most common in women who are past menopause. About 25% of postmenopausal women in the United States have suffered a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Even if you have a healthy spine, compression fractures can result from severe trauma, such as a hard fall, car accident, or sports injury.
About two-thirds of people with osteoporosis-related compression fractures don’t have any symptoms. Sometimes, compression fractures cause sudden, sharp back pain that can range from mild to severe.
In addition to pain, signs and symptoms of a compression fracture include:
Over time, pain and symptoms of a compression fracture may worsen and leave you unable to complete daily tasks on your own.
First, the team at Specialists in Spine Surgery reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray.
Then, they discuss the best treatment options for your particular needs. Depending on the cause and severity of your compression fracture, treatment may include:
If these treatments don’t relieve your pain and symptoms, the team at Specialists in Spine Surgery may recommend surgery. They have extensive expertise in minimally invasive procedures, such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, to treat compression fractures.
To find relief from a vertebral compression fracture, call Specialists in Spine Surgery or book an appointment online today.