Spinal Fracture

 

Definition
The bones of the back are called the vertebrae. A vertebral fracture is a break in one of these bones.
spinal fracture
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Causes
A vertebral fracture can be caused by:

  • Osteoporosis—a condition of weakened bones
  • Getting a blow to the back
  • Falling down
  • Landing on your heels when jumping from a height
  • Having major trauma as from a motor vehicle accident

Risks
Other than trauma, osteoporosis is the main cause of most vertebral fractures.
Factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis include the following:

  • Race: Caucasian or Asian
  • Sex: female
  • Advancing age:
    • Females: 60 and older
    • Males: 70 and older

     

   

 

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