Compression fractures of the back are broken vertebrae. Vertebrae are the bones of the spine.
Vertebral compression fractures
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of this type of fracture. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile. In most cases, bone loses calcium and other minerals with age.
- Trauma to the back
- Tumors that started in the bone or spread to the bone from elsewhere
- Tumors that start in the spine, such as multiple myeloma
Having many fractures of the vertebrae can lead to kyphosis. This is a hump-like curvature of the spine.