Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebral Compression Fractures


Vertebral compression fractures are broken bones in the spine.  They are most commonly due to osteoporosis, though can also be due to trauma or bone cancer.  Vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis are often caused by abnormal postures and lifting from a bent over position.  Some people do not realize they have had a fracture until radiographs (xrays) are taken.  Though in others, it can be a very painful condition, limiting a person’s ability to stand, walk, or get out of bed.   A person may have to undergo surgery (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) in order to reduce the spinal deformity and prevent worsening of the fracture and loss of height.


  • Disabling, sharp pain, felt in the mid back and into the sides
  • A “humpback” posture
  • Loss of height
  • Tenderness to the touch where the fracture occurred
  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Changes to bowel or bladder

What to expect at therapy

A therapist will evaluate your posture, flexibility, strength, sensation, spinal mobility, and balance.  The therapist will discuss your goals and aim to get you pain relief and give you tips on managing your symptoms.  Treatments may include the use of therapeutic modalities, hands-on manual therapy techniques, posture education, therapeutic exercise, and instruction in safe lifting.  PT will also give you exercises to improve posture in order to help prevent further fractures from occurring.

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