Vertebral compression fractures in the elderly.

@article{Old2004VertebralCF,
  title={Vertebral compression fractures in the elderly.},
  author={Jerry L Old and Michelle Calvert},
  journal={American family physician},
  year={2004},
  volume={69 1},
  pages={111-6}
}
Compression fracture of the vertebral body is common, especially in older adults. Vertebral compression fractures usually are caused by osteoporosis, and range from mild to severe. More severe fractures can cause significant pain, leading to inability to perform activities of daily living, and life-threatening decline in the elderly patient who already has decreased reserves. While the diagnosis can be suspected from history and physical examination, plain roentgenography, as well as occasional… CONTINUE READING

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