Compression Fracture

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What is it?

Compression Fracture

The bones of the spine (vertebra) can be compressed by sufficient downward force where they fracture and collapse. This can lead to debilitating back pain and stiffness and in severe cases numbness, tingling, weakness or paralysis.

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What are the causes?

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumors


The Interventional Pain Doctors team of spine and pain management specialists can diagnose a compression fracture during a comprehensive history, physical examination, and imaging such as Xray, CT Scan or MRI.


  • Stable, mild fractures may respond 8-12 weeks of bracing, rest and pain management.
  • Stable, more severe compression fractures may need to be repaired with a minimally invasive procedure called a kyphoplasty. During a kyphoplasty a needle is placed into the fracture and bone cement is injected to build the bone height, limit further compression and to reduce pain.  
  • Unstable fractures are treated with surgery.

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