Spinal Compression Fracture Symptoms
Not everyone with a spinal compression fracture experiences the same symptoms.
Sometimes patients only experience minimal or mild pain. Most commonly,
however, a spinal compression fracture is associated with moderate to
severe back pain and difficulty getting out of bed.
Other symptoms include:
- Hunched appearance, called kyphosis or a "dowager’s hump,"
due to collapsed vertebrae that affect posture
- Loss of height
- Back fatigue, due to excess muscle strain used to hold up the spine
The following symptoms are rarely caused from compression fractures and
constitute medical emergencies:
- Leg weakness
- Bladder or bowel incontinence
Fortunately, there are treatments available for spinal compression fractures (see
Diagnosing and Treating Spinal Compression Fractures).
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