Understanding Spine Fractures

Spine fractures, also referred to as vertebral compression fractures, are broken or cracked vertebrae in your spine. The most common causes of spine fractures are osteoporosis or cancer.

Spine fracture symptoms also referred to as compression fracture symptoms or broken back symptoms, can range from sudden, severe back pain to kyphosis, a gradual curvature of the spine that causes it to take on a hunchback shape.

Spine fractures have a debilitating effect on people, including chronic pain, limited mobility, and reduced quality of life. Performing minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and now, radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation, to treat these spine fractures, physicians are able to positively impact patients’ lives, increasing physical function and mobility, while helping reduce depression and anxiety.1-4


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