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Vertebral Compression Fractures



A vertebral compression fracture is a fracture that can happen when the bones of the spine break due to trauma, but it can also be caused by osteoporosis, cancer and other conditions. When bones are brittle, everyday activities can trigger minor spinal compression fractures. These tiny fractures can permanently alter the strength and shape of the spine. About two-thirds of spinal compression fractures are never diagnosed because many patients and families think the back pain is merely a sign of aging and arthritis. Symptoms can include pain, weakness, tingling, incontinence and more.

Two groups of people are at highest risk for spinal compression fractures:

  • People with the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis
  • People with cancer that has spread to their bones

One or more symptoms can indicate a spinal fracture:

  • Sudden, severe back pain (though many times the symptoms can come on gradually and worsen over time)
  • Worsening of pain when standing or walking
  • Some pain relief when lying down
  • Difficulty and pain when bending or twisting
  • Loss of height
  • Deformity of the spine – the curved, “hunchback” shape
  • Losing control (incontinence) of urine or stool or inability to urinate

Discover advanced treatment that centered on your needs and bring complete back pain relief, led by dual board-certified pain management specialist Dr. Glaser.

Discover how Dr. Glaser can treat a vertebral compression fracture. Call us for your appointment at 818-501-PAIN (7246). For your convenience, you can use our Patient Portal. Our patients come to us from Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Camarillo, Encino, Granada Hills, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Malibu, Northridge, Palmdale, Porter Ranch, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Stevenson Ranch, Studio City, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Valencia, Westwood, Woodland Hills and the nearby communities.

Glaser Pain Relief Center
16311 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 518
San Fernando Valley

Encino, CA 91436
Phone: 818-862-3385
Fax: 818-501-7247
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