Spinal Compression Fractures Overview:
A spinal compression fracture is a collapse of the vertebral bone (decreasing the height of the vertebral bone at least 15-20 percent) that can affect one or more vertebra. It can result in a severe deformity of the spinal column. Compression fractures may affect any of the vertebrae, but they most commonly occur in the lower thoracic (middle back) and upper lumbar (lower back) areas.
Compression fractures can be caused by injury or trauma, but most cases of compression fracture develop as a result of osteoporosis. A person over age 60 with osteoporosis may develop compression fractures during routine daily activities and may not realize the extent of their injuries.