A 44-year-old member asked:
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could osteoporosis or osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Yes.: That is the most common cause.
Answered on May 13, 2020
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
great answer.
Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes if the bones are: Less dense then even normal loads across the spine may become too much for these bones to handle leading to a compression fracture.
Answered on Dec 2, 2012

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Singer
57 years experience Endocrinology
Yes: A spinal compression fracture can occur with either osteoporosis or osteopenia but is much more common with osteoporosis.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angus Worthing
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Osteopenia or osteoporosis can cause vertebral compression fractures, which can be spontaneous. Also, trauma can cause these fractures.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Do-eun Lee
21 years experience Endocrinology
Risk only in osteopo: No. It doesnt unless you have significant osteoporosis
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Supportive therapy: Usually, compression fractures heal with medication and physical therapy. Some fractures are treated with injections or surgery.
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