Vertebral Compression Fracture

Treated by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Vertebral Compression Fractures occur when the vertebra of the spine become compressed due to trauma. The amount of trauma necessary to break the bones of the spine is usually substantial however in some cases such as individuals with cancer or the elderly, the bones of the spine are already fragile so they can break with minimal force. The lower back is the most common area for Vertebral Compression Fractures however, they can occur in any portion of the spine.

Types

  • Wedge fracture
  • Bioconcave fracture
  • Crush fracture

Symptoms

Diagnosis

To diagnose a Vertebral Compression Fracture, imaging tests are used on the spine. Possible imaging tests include:

Causes

  • Trauma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pathogenic fracture

Treatment