Vertebral Compression Fracture

What is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?

Vertebral compression fractures are extremely common, occurring about 1.5 million times each year in the United States. The leading cause of vertebral compression fractures is a bone-thinning condition called osteoporosis, which puts those 55 and older at a higher risk, and women are 4 times more likely than men to sustain these types of fractures.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the leading cause of vertebral fractures in the US, but what is osteoporosis, and how does it affect the spine?

Osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically due to hormonal changes or deficiency of calcium and/or vitamin D.”

Due to the increased fragility, the vertebrae become more easily compromised, leading to increased fractures. Osteoporosis can increase fractures of all bones but is highly prevalent in the spine.

The Spine and Vertebrae

The spine is the backbone of the human body. Built like a tunnel that provides prot