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.
- 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
When to See a Doctor
The following symptoms are rarely caused by 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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