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Our Approach to Treating

Spine Compression Fractures in Adults

Doctors at NYU Langone’s Spine Center offer individualized care for people with a spine compression fracture. This occurs when one or more of the bones that make up the spine, called vertebrae, break and collapse. 

Spine compression fractures may be caused by a fall or other traumatic accident, such as a car crash. This type of fracture is also common in people with osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and fragile. In people with osteoporosis, tiny fractures may accumulate in a vertebra over time as the result of everyday stress on the spine, potentially causing the weakened bone to collapse. 

Our spine specialists in orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, endocrinology, and rehabilitation collaborate to determine which treatment can best relieve back pain caused by a spine compression fracture. They can also help you protect your spine and prevent another fracture from occurring.

Treatment for Spine Compression Fractures in Adults

Most people find that medication, activity modification, and a back brace can reduce pain and allow the spine fracture to heal. If pain persists, our surgeons offer minimally invasive procedures to stabilize the fracture and alleviate back pain.

Our Research and Education in Spine Compression Fractures in Adults

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.