Symptoms of a Spinal Compression Fracture

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:

  1. Sudden, severe back pain

  2. Worsening of pain with standing, walking, bending, or twisting

  3. Loss of height

  4. Deformity of the spine "hunchback" look

  5. Some relief with lying down

The pain typically occurs with a slight back strain with common daily activities like:

  1. Lifting a bag of groceries or suitcase

  2. Bending down to pick an object from the floor

  3. Lifting a suitcase or groceries out of the trunk

  4. 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.