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What increases my risk for a vertebral compression fracture?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Many factors

Some of the risk factors (example: your genetics) cannot be changed.
Things you can include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity. Exercise that stresses your bones and muscles help maintain bone strength and can reduce the risk of falls. Avoiding situations that lead to falls also help.

In brief: Many factors

Some of the risk factors (example: your genetics) cannot be changed.
Things you can include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity. Exercise that stresses your bones and muscles help maintain bone strength and can reduce the risk of falls. Avoiding situations that lead to falls also help.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Low bone density is

The most important risk factor so to avoid this you must exercise regularly and eat well with good calcium and vitamin d intake and do not smoke.
Use of steroids and early menopause place you at higher risk as does family history if you are a female. Men also have risks but generally after 60. Certain diseases add risk: kidney, GI and thyroid issues to name a few.

In brief: Low bone density is

The most important risk factor so to avoid this you must exercise regularly and eat well with good calcium and vitamin d intake and do not smoke.
Use of steroids and early menopause place you at higher risk as does family history if you are a female. Men also have risks but generally after 60. Certain diseases add risk: kidney, GI and thyroid issues to name a few.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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