Help for Vertebral Compression Fractures
A vertebral compression fracture, or VCF, happens when trauma occurs to the bones in your spine. The damaged vertebrae will decrease in height due to the fracture, and must decrease by at least 15% in order to be considered a VCF. This specific condition occurs when trauma compresses the bones; it’s common in people who have osteoporosis, though some people develop it with age or as an effect of certain cancers as their bones become more brittle and prone to fractures. It’s most commonly found in the thoracic spine. If you’ve already have a vertebral compression fracture, you’ll be at a higher risk of experiencing it again.
There are a number of types of VCF, including:
- Wedge fractures. The most common fracture.
- Crush fractures. The entire vertebra breaks.
- Burst fracture. Height is lost in the front and back of the vertebra.
If you have suffered from a VCF and are searching for back pain treatment, our back specialist may be able to help.
What Is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?
A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is a type of fracture that collapses one or more spinal vertebra because a bone has been compressed. This issue leads to the collapse of the vertebrae. It may occur without immediate pain. However, this kind of fracture can result in a band-like pain that moves from the spine to the sides of the back, requiring urgent VCF back pain treatment.
After some years, the spinal fracture will reduce the height of the entire spinal cord, and the person’s height will diminish.