6 Common Symptoms of a Vertebral Fracture

There are many potential causes of a vertebral fracture, ranging from osteoporosis to blunt force trauma. Regardless of the reason for this ailment, it’s critical that you receive a timely and accurate diagnosis.

Here are six of the most common symptoms associated with a vertebral fracture:

  • Sudden onset of back pain
  • Limited spinal mobility
  • Worsening pain when walking or standing 
  • Pain relief when lying on your back 
  • Deformity
  • Height loss

If you have any reason to suspect a vertebral fracture, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. This isn’t an injury you should attempt to diagnose and treat at home. Doing so can result in additional damage, along with more pain and suffering. 

Your medical team can order all applicable tests — such as a CT scan and X-ray — to determine if you have a vertebral fracture or another injury. At that point, your doctor will pinpoint the cause and talk to you about the best path forward. 

Even if you don’t end up diagnosed with a vertebral fracture, you’ll find out what’s causing your pain and discomfort. And that’s the first step in finding a remedy. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.