Vertebral Fractures

A vertebral fracture happens when bones are compressed due to aging or an accident. As we age, we tend to lose bone mass. Loss of bone mass is often more severe in aging women than in aging men. With weakened spinal bones, even simple day-to-day activities can lead to fractures. Vertebral fractures can be found in the middle and lower back, although the whole spine is somewhat susceptible.

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Acute pain in the back 
Pain during routine activities like standing or walking 
Inability to lie on one’s back 
Warping in the spine 
Inability to move the spine 
Difficulty twisting 
Difficulty getting in and out of bed


Preventive measures for preserve bone mass include: resistance exercises; proper nutrition; proper exposure to sunlight; as well as, an  adequate intake of calcium. A consultation with your doctor can help you to determine the best course of action for your individual bone health needs. 

Surgical solutions for vertebral fractures take into account, bone quality, overall spinal posture, and nerve compression. 

Dr. Rahul Shah has extensive training in vertebral fractures. He has published numerous studies on spinal trauma and spinal fractures. In addition his area of subspecialty allows him to expertly assess vertebral fractures and create an individualized plan to restore your movements after a potentially disabling injury.