Vertebral Compression Fracture: Definition

A vertebral compression fracture occurs when a spinal vertebra collapses, typically due to osteoporosis or trauma. This type of fracture can cause sudden, severe back pain, a loss of height, and long-term spinal deformity if left untreated. Treatment may include pain relief medication, wearing a back brace for support, and in some cases, minimally invasive surgical procedures to stabilize the fracture and restore the vertebral height.

Review this article for more details on spinal fractures including causes and treatments.