Spinal Fracture

  • Postmenopausal
  • Stroke
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Use of certain medications
    • Long-acting benzodiazepines
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Long-term steroid use
  • Limited physical activity
  • Housebound
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Mother or maternal grandmother with hip fracture (a genetic disposition)
  • Other factors that may increase the risk of vertebral fractures include the following:
    • Use of antipsychotic medications
    • Poor mental functioning
    • Poor mobility
    • Poor strength
    • Previous vertebral fracture within the last year

Symptoms may include mild to severe pain in the middle or lower back.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Test may include:

  • X-rays—of your spine to look for a fracture
  • Bone mineral density test—to help determine if you have osteoporosis, and if so, how severe it is

Treatment includes:
Vertebroplasty is a relatively new procedure. Liquid cement is injected into the vertebra. It can help relieve the pain associated with vertebral fractures. This is not a common operation. It is not suitable for everyone. Talk with your doctor to see if this option may be right for you.



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