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The Type and Effect
of Vertebral Fractures

There are three main types of vertebral fractures
  • central vertebral deformity (biconcave)
  • wedge, most common at anterior or posterior of vertebrae
  • crush, involving anterior, posterior and central elements
New crush fractures are most often symptomatic, causing initial severe back pain which gradually decreases with time

Normal Posture
Normal Spine Segment

Compression Fracture
Normally no symptoms until a bone breaks. May have associated pain

Advanced Osteoporosis
and 'Dowager's Hump'

  • Loss of Height
  • Spine deformity
  • Often severe Pain,
  • Loss of Mobility


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