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What is a Compression Fracture of the Spine?

Description of the condition

A compression fracture of the spine is a type of fracture in which the vertebrae are compressed or crushed as a result of trauma. This condition can occur due to falls, car accidents, or other types of injuries.


Compression fractures of the spine can be classified based on the degree of vertebral displacement, presence of complications, and other factors.


Symptoms of a compression fracture of the spine may include pain in the area of the injury, sensory disturbances, restricted mobility, or changes in the shape of the spine.


The main causes of compression fractures of the spine are injuries such as falls, car accidents, sports injuries, and other types of impact.


X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are usually used to diagnose a compression fracture of the spine.


Treatment of a compression fracture of the spine may include conservative methods such as wearing a brace, physical therapy, and, if necessary, surgical intervention.


To prevent compression fractures of the spine, it is recommended to observe safety measures during sports activities, use protective equipment during extreme sports, and be cautious when engaging in any activities involving a risk of spinal injury.


A neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon treats compression fractures of the spine.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.