The type of fracture in the spine that is typically caused by osteoporosis is generally referred to as a compression fracture. Women, especially those older than 50, are at greatest risk for spine fractures. Women and men who have osteoporosis have an even greater risk of spine fractures.


  • Sudden, severe back pain
  • Worsening of pain when standing or walking
  • Difficulty and pain when bending or twisting
  • Loss of height
  • Deformity of the spine – the curved, hunchback shape


    • Analgesics
    • Bed rest
  • Antiosteoporotic medications


    • Vertebroplasty
    • Kyphoplasty
  • Minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation