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[MUSIC PLAYING] Just like any other bone in the body, vertebrae can break. The most common type of break is a compression fracture which basically means that the bone is squeezed until it begins to break down. This happens typically due to some sort of trauma like a sports injury or a car accident, but they can also be caused by osteoporosis. Compression fractures can occur in vertebrae anywhere in the spine, but they tend to occur most commonly in the upper back, the thoracic spine. Osteoporosis and related spine fractures are largely treatable and preventable with medications-- calcium intake and kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery. The typical symptoms of a compression fracture of the spine is sharp stabbing pain. The patient will tend to come in and hold their upper body with their arms to support the upper body weight. They'll complain of a sharp stabbing pain, especially when they cough or sneeze or lean forward or try to lift anything. Treatment options of vertebral compression fractures depend on the amount of bone that's compressed, the age of the patient, the reason the bone broke or compress to begin with. A treatment options may include simple bracing for a long term with activity modification like no lifting and no bending over. If the patient has a poor ability to heal their broken bone, then a surgical intervention like kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty may be considered to treat the broken bone.
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