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Is a vertebral compression fracture serious?

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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Sure can be: Any vertebral fracture has the potential to be bad. Compression fractures, depending on the cause, can create lots of problems. Among them are pinched nerves with associated pain syndromes, loss of mobility and others. Depending on the situation, compression fractures can be heralds for more ominous things. You should be seeing a doctor for this, if you haven't already.
Answered on Jul 30, 2017
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Most VCFs are painful, and need evaluation for treatments including bracing, observation, PMMA (bone cement) injections, and sometimes surgery. Each fracture has "personality" and needs assessment for progressive collapse and neurologic compromise. Sometimes they are due to more serious conditions, such as cancer, so make sure that a follow-up with a doctor happens.
Feb 9, 2012

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