Spinal fractures — also called Vertebral Compression Fractures or VCF — occur when one of the bones in the spine fractures or collapses, often due to osteoporosis or sometimes to cancer or non-cancerous lesions.
They can be quite serious and a threat to overall health, with a downward spiral of potential consequences that can increase disability and reduce your quality of life.
In fact, there are more than 800,000 each year in the United States, more than hip or wrist fractures.1
Left untreated, spinal fractures can disrupt the alignment of your spine, causing it to tilt forward into what is commonly called a “dowager's hump.” If you’ve lost height or you have a dowager's hump, you may have had spinal fractures.TAKE THE QUIZ
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