As you get older, the body may start to exhibit signs of wear and tear through the onset of pain. If you are over the age of 60, do not make the mistake of assuming the pain is normal. Chances are you might be experiencing Spinal Compression Fracture. Fractures in the spine occur due to the onset of osteoarthritis. Coupled with age, the vertebrae begins to weaken and soften. This makes it possible for even the slightest of fractures to take place due to movement of body required for everyday activities. As the number of compression fractures increases, the body with time will feel the after effects and the vertebrae might collapse, resulting in spinal compression fracture. As the fractures take place, the shape and structure of the spine will change. In fact, the change may be drastic enough where the individual may witness their height shorten. With the compression fracture, the bone in the front will collapse due to weakening as opposed to the bone in the back which will remain in tactic due to its strength. Often at times, individuals may not realize that they are suffering from a spinal compression fracture. Instead, they will make the mistake of attributing the pain due to arthritis or the aging process. In the event of back pain, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at ASAP and see one of our professionals to ensure proper diagnosis and proactive treatment of the pain.
Individuals that suffer from osteoporosis as well as cancer that has impacted the bones are at a greater risk for spinal compression fracture. In fact, spinal fractures that come as a result of osteoporosis are more commonly known as compression fractures. Other names attributed to a compression fracture include wedge fracture, vertebral fracture, and osteoporotic fracture. Wedge fracture refers to a vertebrae that becomes shaped like a wedge due to the front bone of the spine collapsing while the back remains undamaged.