Can osteoporosis or osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the vertebrae?

Yes. Osteopenia or osteoporosis can cause vertebral compression fractures, which can be spontaneous. Also, trauma can cause these fractures.
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.

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Is it possible for osteoporosis or osteopenia to cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?

Weak bones compress. Osteoporosis by definition means porous or weak bones. What causes osteoporosis? Poor diet, lack of excercise, lack of real sunlight, age, genetics. Make sure that you eat enough protein (bones are calcified protein) have your doctor check your vitamin d levels and also check testosterone and Progesterone levels. Hypothyoid can also contribute to osteoporosis. Read more...

I'm a 31-year-old male with osteoporosis and compression fracture L4 disk spine?

Unusual . It is very unusual for a 31 year old to have osteoporosis and so a full endocrine workup would be indicated to find the underlying cause.; otherwise you might be at high risk for further fractures. Read more...

Multiple old fractures in spine, fell on coffee table received wedged compression fracture of L1 & also told I have osteoporosis, I should hve pain?

No. Not necessarily. Some people with vertebral fractures don't have pain. The L1 fracture may be old therefore not causing you pain. Read more...
YES. spine fracture can cause pain. Osteoporosis in the absence of fracture is a silent disease. Need to discuss with your doctor regarding starting on medication treatment to prevent future fractures. Read more...

My mother - born 1934 - has osteoporosis & has a compression fracture in her back. What should she be taking for osteoporosis meds?

Calcium supplements. She should be using a calcium supplement and doing anti-gravitational exercises( walking) if possibility to strengthen her bone production capability. Read more...

Compression fracture of L1 L3 kyphoplasty no good bad osteoporosis chronic pain. Ms continue little to no relief any other pain med better for this?

See details. Are you under the care of a pain specialist? If not, consider seeing one. Morphine is very effective and it may be just a matter of altering the daily dose. Are you taking anything for the osteoporosis. Forteo is the drug of choice for severe osteoporosis. Read more...