Vertebral Compression Fractures
FAQs on Vertebral Compression Fractures
With an estimate of over 10 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, 8 million of the affected total are women. There are an additional 34 million at risk of developing osteoporosis due to low bone mass. This increased chance also makes them more prone to (VCFs) vertebral compression fractures.
Affecting an estimated 750,000 Americans annually, vertebral compression fractures are considered the most common type of fracture in osteoporosis patients. Twenty five percent of postmenopausal women suffer from VCFs. The prevalence of vertebral compression fractures increase with age. Women over the age of 80 that are affected can be as high as 50% in the United States. This condition is less common in men, but does pose a major health concern for those more advanced in age.
Severe pain, deformity, and a loss in height can be the result when a vertebral body collapses in the spine. The most common place for these fractures is in the thoracic (or middle) spine. If the patient has sustained a previous osteoporotic VCF, they are more susceptible to another by 20%. Symptoms are not always present, or may be minor. This does not eliminate risk.
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