Being able to identify the symptoms of a spinal compression fracture is important. Notifying your doctor if you suspect a compression fracture is even more important. Compression fractures typically occur in men and women over the age of 50. Women are more susceptible than men. For those over the age of 50, compression fractures are usually due to osteoporosis. Treatment can help to reduce the chance of further fractures. Some methods of treatment include bracing, medications and weight bearing exercises. Speak to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.
Here are some symptoms that can indicate a spinal fracture:
Sudden, severe back pain
Worsening of pain with standing, walking, bending, or twisting
Loss of height
Deformity of the spine "hunchback" look
Some relief with lying down
The pain typically occurs with a slight back strain with common daily activities like:
Lifting a bag of groceries or suitcase
Bending down to pick an object from the floor
Lifting a suitcase or groceries out of the trunk
Slipping on a rug or misstep
While not everybody experiences pain in the same way, with compression fractures, pain will subside while the bone is healing.