A 39-year-old member asked:
can osteoporosis or osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the vertebrae?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Angus Worthing answered
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Osteopenia or osteoporosis can cause vertebral compression fractures, which can be spontaneous. Also, trauma can cause these fractures.
Answered on May 13, 2020
Dr. PHILIP WALLER answered
32 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Osteoporosis by definition is further bone loss as compared to osteopenia. A patient's fracture risk would be higher with osteoporosis then osteopenia but both increase a person's risk for fracture and that would include fractures of the vertebrae and certainly other areas such as the hip and wrist.
Answered on Jun 20, 2017
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